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Senate will decide on 774,000 jobs Tuesday –Abaribe

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Senate will decide on 774,000 jobs Tuesday –Abaribe

Senate will decide on 774,000 jobs Tuesday –Abaribe

The Senate will take an official position on the decision by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), to flout its decision on the recruitment of 774,000 federal workers.

 

The Minority Leader of the Upper Chamber, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, stated this in an interview with Saturday PUNCH.

 

He said the senators were expecting the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to brief them on the outcome of Thursday’s meeting of the presiding officers of the National Assembly with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on the issue.

 

He said, “The Senate will take an official position on the issue next Tuesday after listening to the outcome of the meeting between the presiding officers and the President over the matter.

 

“We asked our presiding officers to meet with President Buhari on the issue and we have not had plenary since they returned. The Senate President will brief us on Tuesday at plenary and we will make a decision on it.”

 

The federal parliament had suspended the Public Works Programme penultimate week following a disagreement between its Committee on Labour and Keyamo.

 

The lawmakers accused Keyamo of hijacking the recruitment exercise from the National Directorate of Employment, which got N52bn approval to carry out the programme.

 

But Keyamo told journalists on Tuesday that Buhari had asked him to proceed with the recruitment process notwithstanding the position of the National Assembly on the issue.

 

The development forced the Senate to hold an emergency closed-door session on Wednesday and mandated presiding officers of both chambers of the nation’s parliament to immediately meet with Buhari on the proposed recruitment of 774,000 federal workers.

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