The Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo (SAN), is set to be on collision course with the National Assembly over the sharing of the 774,000 jobs under Special Public Works (SPW) scheme.
Speaking to the Nation, Keyamo said the Federal Government will retain the original plan of conceding only 15 percent of the job slots to Governors, National Assembly members, Ministers and other interest groups.
The minister noted President Muhammadu Buhari has not directed him to give more slots to the lawmakers and other politicians, noting that the interest of Nigerians will be of utmost importance to the government.
He said: “The report on the sharing formula must have been a misapprehension of the instructions I gave to them to implement.
“I did not give any instruction on 40 percent rise for them to implement. We are sticking to the original formula of 15 percent concession to political office holders.
He also debunked claims by the Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment, Dr. Nasir Mohammed Ladan that the job sharing formula will accommodate more concessions.
Keyamo said his ministry is working harmoniously with NDE on this issue, adding that a joint team (from the ministry and NDE are going around to supervise the preparations for the takeoff of the project all over the country.
He added: “We are working harmoniously with NDE on this issue. That is why you can see a joint team (from the ministry and NDE) going around to supervise the preparations for the takeoff of the project all over the country.
“By the law establishing NDE, the ministry is an integral part of NDE. We cannot separate the two of them.
“The DG and I have held several meetings of late and we are on the same page on these issues.”