The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has described the threat made by members of the House of Representatives to object the Special Works Programme of the federal government as insignificant.
In a statement on Tuesday, Keyamo condemned the lawmakers in the minority caucus of the lower chamber for demanding for more slots in the programme.
He told the lawmakers that 30 out of 1000 slots per local government given to lawmakers were only a privilege and not a right. Keyamo noted that the claim by the lawmakers that the sharing process was not transparent is false and misleading.
He said, “The question of slots to certain persons was never a question of a right or entitlement, it is just a privilege given to them to recommend persons within their constituencies.
“The template is that 1000 persons will be picked from each local government area. That means whether they reject or accept is irrelevant because their constituents will still have their full entitlement of 1000 per local government.
“Except they want to tell Nigerians that it is only a section of those local government councils that they represent and not all the persons in the local government.”