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The Nigerian Senate has insisted that the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has the exclusive duty to implement the Public Works Scheme for 774,000 jobs.
The Senate Tuesday also noted that the Ministry of Labour and Employment only has supervisory role in the implementation of the scheme, with the Senate, saddled with oversight duties.
This position by the Senate is sequel to a motion by Ekiti Central Senator, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, who raised a motion on the floor during plenary on the need to hold the NDE to account on its mode of implementation of the scheme.
Senator Opeyemi Bamidele Cites Order 42 and 52 to seek the leave of the Senate to present a Motion on the Expectation of Nigerians and the excitement generated by the job creation initiative of the Federal Government to create 774 temporary jobs for Nigerians.
Senate resolved to:
“i. Commend the President, Commander in Chief for placing premium on harmonious and cordial relationship between the Executive and Legislative arm of government;
ii. Realising that the revised Appropriation Act is a law binding on all arms of government and the Appropriation of the sum of N52bn for Special Public Works Programme must be implemented accordingly; and
ii. That the Senate will execute its oversight function on the implementation of the programme by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) on the 774 Special Public Works Programme in line with the Appropriation Act, the Constitution, and other enabling laws.”
Other Senators equally threw their weight behind the Chairman Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human and Legal Matter on the controversial issue.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, harped on the need for continued harmonious relations with the Executive arm of government in the light of recent events.
This position by the Senate comes on the heels of the recent stand-off between the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo and the Joint Senate Committee on whose duty it is to implement the Public Works Scheme.