Stella Dimoko Minister Of State Labour And Employment Keyamo And Law Makers At War Over Recruitment Of Nigerians


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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Minister Of State Labour And Employment Keyamo And Law Makers At War Over Recruitment Of Nigerians

The Minister of State, Labour and Employment, has declared that the National Assembly cannot stop the planned recruitment of the One thousand citizens to be employed from each of the 774,000 local government areas in Nigeria.

In a statement on Tuesday, Keyamo said in obedience to their invitation, he appeared before the Joint Committees on Labour of both the Senate and the House.

The meeting was for briefing on the implementation of the Special Public Works Programme.

The minister said there was a misunderstanding when they questioned why he did not privately submit the program to them for vetting before taking certain steps.

Keyamo said the lawmakers suggested that they ought to have input on how the programme should be implemented.

“In other words, they sought to control the programme as to who gets what, where and how. I insisted that I could not surrender the programme to their control since their powers under the Constitution does not extend to that. They insisted on a closed-door session.”

Keyamo said he remarked that it was only fair for him to respond to their position before the press, since their own position was also made public.

“I was then asked to apologize for insisting on a public interaction and I said there was nothing to apologize about, because their powers to expose corruption provided for in section 88 of the Constitution cannot be exercised in private. As such, there was no need to apologize by insisting on a Constitutional provision.

“Even their Rules that may provide for private hearings on public matters cannot override the provisions of the Constitution. I was then permitted to leave. I took a bow and left. I never walked out on the respected Committees as they may want to bend the narrative.

“After I left, I understand that the Joint Committees purportedly suspended the work of the Selection Committees nationwide until they decide how the programme should be run and who should be in those Committees. My opinion is that it is tantamount to challenging the powers of Mr. President.”

Keyamo said National Assembly powers under section 88 of the 1999 Constitution are only limited to investigations, but not give any directive to the executive.

He noted that a committee or committees of both Houses do not even have powers to pass binding Resolutions and that they can only make recommendations to Plenary.

“All my life, I have fought for good governance and constitutional democracy. I will not come into government and be intimidated to abandon those principles. I will rather leave this assignment, if Mr. President so directs than compromise the jobs meant for ordinary Nigerians who have no Godfathers or who are not affiliated to any political party.”

The minister direct all the committees set up nationwide made up of CAN, NSCIA, NURTW, Market Women, CSOS, Youth Organisations, respected traditional rulers, etc to proceed with their work unhindered.
“Only Mr. President can stop their work”, he declared.

from dailypost


  1. Thats what they always do, bringing in unqualified people while the qualified dont get anything because of connection.
    Welldone for standing your ground.

    1. Those behind this want to fill it with their illiterate/ unqualified brothers and sisters. Shameless seed

  2. Should be talk about your selected committee?
    House of Senate o, Keyamo o, Selected Committee ooo, na God go judge all of Una.
    A look at the selected committee in Lagos shows that the job will go to APC Croonies.
    To get a government job in Nigeria, one of the requirements is to join a ruling party or know a top shot or someone who knows a top shot.

    My hand dey pain me abeg.

  3. Hmm Naija area..Anything government wants to do something for the people..The politicians just want to hijack for their own selfish interest...Greedy senators you guys take jumbo pay and still want to take charge of jobs for the common man so that you can put your concubines and side chicks abi...Wicked people..Festus please don't allow them hijack these jobs abeg..

  4. I watched it live I was astonished. Despite given them 15%. It's nolonger business as usual.


    National Assembly: How come that a Federal Government programme expected to gulp N52billion is being shrouded in secrecy?

    Hon. Minister Keyamo: It is not shrouded in secrecy. Representatives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), youth groups and market women are all on the selection Committee.

    National Assembly: We won't accept this from you. You should have privately submitted the program to us for vetting before taking certain steps. That would have enabled us have an input on how the programme should be implemented.

    Hon. Minister Keyamo: No! Your powers under the constitution do not extend to that. You cannot control the program as to who gets what. That's the function of the executive arm of govt. Anything to the contrary will be tantamount to challenging the executive powers of Mr. President.

    National Assembly: You're always speaking big grammar. Wetin! Okay, come let's go behind closed doors and conclude the meeting.

    Hon. Minister Keyamo: No, sorry! I'm not ready to do anything in secret. You've already publicly questioned my actions. Let me also defend myself publicly.

    National Assembly: You are disrespecting the authority of the National Assembly. Are you to tell us how to conduct the business of the National Assembly? We insist you come with us to the secret room.

    Hon. Minister Keyamo: I'm sorry I won't go to any closed-door meeting with you. You have already raised some fundamental issues before the media. The media also needs to know how it is addressed. We are in a democracy.

    National Assembly: Then you can leave our premises, if you are not ready to discuss in secret with us.

    Hon. Minister Keyamo: Why are you asking me to leave? If we are truly fighting corruption, then all our actions should be open to public scrutiny.

    National Assembly: What do you know about corruption? Are you to teach us about the war against corruption? Look, if you are not ready to go into a closed-door meeting with us, you can as well pack your things and leave.

    Hon. Minister Keyamo: Yes, I'll rather uphold the provisions of the constitution and leave your premises, than have a secret collusion with you. Goodbye.

    National Assembly: Really? You think you're smart, right? Okay, we shall see!

    Hahaha! My people how una see this one? You castigate a man in public and the man wants to defend himself. But you suddenly say, no! His defense must be in secret. If you wanted a secret deal with him, why did you have to first impugn his capacity and integrity in public? Haba!


    1. Keyamo should be careful o.

    2. This Keyamo too like drama. He is forming man of integrity as if he no dey chop steady. Surely worse treatment than was meted to Oshiomole will be served to him. He could have maintained whatever posturing he wants in a private or non public sitting with out compromising. Haba for you to tell the house committee the nature of sitting it adopts to do its oversight in the discharge of its responsibilities is insulting to the legislature! Also it portends you as weak and incapable of standing up to what you claim under pressure whether in private or public.
      For crying out loud the program is a social empowerment program and not a statutory employment. The program is meant for 1000 persons per LGA. The program in anchored by FGN. Please, in Federal Government structure, who is closest to the people or masses? The answer is NASS. In a well structured environment, it should have been the NASS that will compile the list from their LGA and send to the executive for implementation.
      What we should be concerned are;
      1. Are those beneficiaries from Nigeria?
      2. Are those people on the list from the states LGAs?
      3. Are they indigent? Do they need the money?
      Even family and associates of the Lawmakers are equally constituency members that will still benefit. Let's not also forget that these Lawmakers always have enormous pressure from their constituents due to the massive poverty in Nigeria. Even we private citizens complain of pressure so how much more politicians. Visit any Lawmaker in his village and you will be shocked with the amount of assistance that are demanded from them.


  6. I know festus. He will not agree to their shenanigans. He is a pronoun lawyer and his reputation is at stake

    1. Verb lawyer nko or adjective lawyer不不.

    2. Keyamo has mugued everyone in this country. To start with he is not as bright as people think he is, he is a number grafter a good portion of that 52b is going into his pocket. All the drama is just a ruse. He needs to control the project to be able to pull his 2023 funds out. Nass or Keyamo are both not working on the side of Nigerians. The man is a first class crook. He has you eating from his filthy hands.
      For the person that says they know him. No you don’t know him, he is not the person Nigerians think he is. He is a confused, ungathered man looking to make money for his very very large family via multiple women,6 to be precise, that have kids for him all fighting each other, messy home, messed up mind.

  7. Naija politicians are GREEDY. Jeez! They are never satisfied. Their eyes have entered this one again.

  8. Oshiomole do pass this one塔

  9. God go free us from this polithiefcians one day...

  10. Keyamo has handed over Lagos slot to Tinubu and his daughter, iyaloja. Like what the chairman of the committee said, he said Keyamo is using it to push for someone's presidency and who's that if not Tinubu.


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