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774,000: Between Keyamo And Some Lawmakers

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Tobi Adebayo 

There was heated argument on Tuesday between the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo and some senators over the recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians by the Federal Government .

The Senators had walked Keyamo out of a meeting after the Minister insisted on the presence of journalists during a closed door meeting over who to handle the recruitment programme domiciled under the the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

Keyamo was invited by the lawmakers to give details of the Special Public Works Programme at a meeting held at the National Assembly in Abuja.

Members of the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Labour had sought to find out the method of selection of a 20-man committee from each state for the programme.

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The committee decided to go into a closed-door session to discuss the matter which had turned into a rowdy session, but Keyamo insisted that further discussions be held in the presence of journalists.

This enraged the lawmakers who told Keyamo to apologise to the committee but he ignored them.

Thereafter, the minister was asked to leave the meeting, claiming he had no right to direct the committee on how to conduct its proceedings.

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