Against the backdrop of the clash between the National Assembly and the Federal Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity over the recruitment of 774,000 workers for the Special Works Scheme of the Federal Government, the House of Representatives has called for the immediate suspension of the controversial scheme.
At the plenary on Wednesday, the House asked the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning not to fund the scheme, which is billed to take off in January 2021.
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The House also faulted the removal of the Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment, Dr. Nasiru Argungu, who had backed the parliament in the controversy. It therefore urged the President, Muhammadu Buhari to reverse himself on Argungu’s sacking.
It would be recalled that the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, had since appointed Argungu’s replacement on the order of the President.