There was melodrama yesterday at the National Assembly when the Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Productivity, Festus Keyamo, exchanged hot words with Senators and members of House of Representatives over the National Directorate of Employment recruitment exercise.
It was an interactive session between the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo and the Joint Committee of the National Assembly on Labor-led by Senator Godiya Akwashiki ( APC Nasarawa North) and the Minister when after making presentations on modalities of recruitments for the programme, excluding the federal lawmakers from it.
The meeting ended dramatically as the Minister engaged lawmakers in a shouting bout.
Trouble started yesterday when the National Assembly Committee requested that the Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Nasiru Ladan Argungun to speak on the composition of a 20 man Committee inaugurated on Monday by the Ministry for the implementation of the planned employment of Nigerians in the Special Public Works Programme 2020.
There was also quagmire when Ladan could not defend the N52bn budgeted for the recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians into the Special Public Works in the Rural Areas under the NDE.
Meanwhile, halfway into his explanation and after disclosing that he was aware of only 8 members of the committee, Ladan then referred the lawmakers to seek further clarification from the Minister.
The lawmakers were however not satisfied with Ladan’s explanation which to them showed that he was not in control of the programmme.
The war of words which lasted for about 30 minutes at the end of the day, culminated into the committee members walking the Minister out of the interactive session for refusing to tender an apology as demanded and the Minister accusing them after storming out of the session of wanting to hijack the programme.