Mr. Festus Keyamo, the Nigeria Minister of State for Labour, Employment, and Productivity has accused the Nigerian lawmaker of trying to hijack 774,000 jobs meant for unemployed Nigerians despite collecting 15% allocation of the entire Job slots.
Mr. Keyamo disclosed on Tuesday when he appeared before the National Assembly Committee on job and employment to clarify the planned 774,000 jobs across all local governments in Nigeria.
The minister who appeared before the National Assembly together with Mr. Nasiru Ladan, the Director National Directorate of Employment (NDE), had a glaring altercation with the lawmakers that almost led to physical fight during the meeting.
The national assembly members had asked Mr. Ladan to explain and defend the sum of N52 billion and the committee raised for the job scheme.
Ladan who could not provide a convincing explanation as to the person who ought to be in charge of the job recruitment denied knowledge of some of the issues raised but asked the lawmakers to channel their questions to Mr. Keyamo, pointing out that he has a better knowledge of the issues.
Worried over the inability of Ladan to explain job placements purported to be taking place under him, the lawmakers accused Keyamo of trying to hijack the recruitment process.
Reacting to the lawmakers’ accusation, Keyamo said his ministry was asked by Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian president to supervise the recruitment.
The lawmakers however disagreed with his explanation and accused him of trying to circumvent the process.
Angry with the accusation, Keyamo engaged the lawmakers in an argument that resulted in fracas, forcing the meeting to come to an end.
Speaking with journalists after the altercation, Keyamo accused the lawmakers of trying to take over the recruitment under his ministry, pointing out that while he was not opposed to the lawmakers investigating the programme, he would not allow himself to be manipulated by them.
The minister disclosed that the lawmakers had collected 15% allocation of the job placement, and, wondered why they want to hijack and thwart the entire process.