In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 30th, June, 2020

Politicians Trying To Blackmail Me Over 774,000 Jobs

Politicians Attempting To Blackmail Me Over 774,000 Jobs


Festus Keyamo

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo, has accused some political leaders of trying to blackmail him into surrendering the progressive public works job creation programme meant to create 774,000 unskilled jobs.

He, nonetheless, vowed that solely President Muhammadu Buhari who appointed him can cease him from piloting the programme to a profitable conclusion.

Talking in Abuja yesterday on the inauguration of state choice committees of the federal authorities’s public works programme, Keyamo warned the state chairmen to not compromise on the target of the initiative to make it possible to the individuals.

He stated any chairman that failed to stick to the rules on the operation of the scheme could be eliminated.

“There have been makes an attempt at blackmailing me on this explicit programme too to make us additionally yield to political leaders and we’ve got stated no – not whereas I’m right here.

“I’ve a pedigree; I’ve a background; I’ve the place I’m coming from. Earlier than I got here into public workplace, I’ve a pedigree and what I stand for.

“Besides Mr. President, who appointed me stops me, and who gave me the chance and uncommon privilege to drive this programme, besides he stops me, no different political chief or individual can cease me. I’m answerable solely to Mr. President,” he stated.

The minister added that previously, it was once that sure individuals entrusted with such a programme would hand them over to political leaders as a type of patronage.

In line with Keyamo, the general public works programme is for all Nigerians and the federal authorities has structured it to be bipartisan in an effort to attain out to each Nigerian, regardless of political leanings.

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He stated: “Earlier than coming right here at present, there was an try by sure political leaders to say I need to come and see them behind the scenes first to find out who will get what and the way, and I stated no! I’m prepared at any time for a public debate on this with them.

“Atypical Nigerians should have entry to this programme. Those that are pondering I need to come and see them behind the scene to find out who will get what and the way they get it, I’m saying no; I can’t do this.

“I believe the chairmen can stand on their very own; don’t go and maintain conferences in the home of politicians to pick; maintain your conferences in NDE workplaces. Don’t go and meet in any authorities home to carry any assembly, don’t go to any politicians’ home to do choices.”

Keyamo defined that the programme, which is to run between October and December, could be supervised by the ministry via the Nationwide Directorate of Employment (NDE).

He stated every participant within the public works programme could be paid N20,000 and a complete of N60,000 for the three months.

Whereas admonishing the state chairmen of the programme to be honest and keep away from being compromised, the minister stated: “No one must be given greater than we allotted to the individual. We’re going to be strict in allotting to completely different sectors: civil society, market girls look forward to these directives; so, no one ought to intimidate the chairmen. I do know the chairmen will stand their floor; I’m additionally right here to again them up. We’re going to take away anyone who’s dancing to the tune of anyone and undermining the drive of this programme.

“All my life, I’ve fought for good governance; I’ve gone to courtroom to make sure that issues are executed proper when out of presidency. That’s what gave me my identify and pedigree earlier than I got here into authorities and I’ve a observe to return to. I need to attain the zenith of my occupation.

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“So, no one will come and dictate to me the work that Mr. President informed me to do. So, I can not come into authorities after which abandon all of the rules I fought for whereas I used to be out of presidency. I can’t do this. Any try to intimidate or blackmail us right here we won’t give in besides Mr. President tells me to cease then I’ll cease.”

The minister added that in an effort to forestall undue interference within the choice course of, the federal government has put aside 15 per cent of the slots from every native authorities space for political workplace holders.

A complete of 111 members of the state choice committees with 20 from every state and the Federal Capital Territory charged with the duty of compiling the checklist of 1,000 contributors from every of the 774 LGAs within the nation have been just about inaugurated.


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