The Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo has said that his meeting with National Assembly joint committees on labour for briefing on the special Public Works Programme led to misunderstanding when lawmakers tried to take control of the programme and undermine the good intentions of President Buhari
Keyamo said the lawmakers had questioned why he did not privately submit the programme to them for vetting before taking certain steps
According to him the lawmakers suggested that they ought to have input on how the programme should be run.
He 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.
Keyamo explained that he was then asked to apologise for insisting on public interaction which he said he refused because there was nothing to apologise 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 apologise by insisting on a constitutional provision.
At that point he was permitted to leave as he never disrespected them as their narrative may suggest
Keyamo who made this known to newsmen shortly after meeting with the National Assembly committee also said that 15 percent of the planned recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians has been allocated to the National Assembly a position the National Assembly has denied.