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Festus Keyamo Sent out of National Assembly over job issues

Drama continues on Tuesday as the senators walked the Minister of State for Labour and Employment; Mr Festus Keyamo, out of the meeting.

The senators invited Festus Keyamo to give details of the Special Public Works Programme where 774,000 people would be recruited by the Federal Government under the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

During the meeting, members of the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Labour sought to find out the method of selection of a 20-man committee from each state for the programme.

However, a serious argument escalated between committee members and Keyamo over who should helm the programme which was to be placed under the NDE.

As the rowdy session ensued, the committee decided to go into a closed-door session to discuss the matter, but the minister refused, insisting that further discussions be held in the presence of journalists.

This angered the lawmakers who told Keyamo to apologise to the committee, but he refused.

Later, the minister was told to leave the meeting since he refused to apologise to the committee members.

The lawmakers said that Keyamo has no right to direct the committee on how to conduct its proceedings.

This comes a day after the minister inaugurated a 20-man committee in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by virtual means.

According to him, 1,000 persons would be selected from each of the 774 local government areas in the country to be engaged by the government in the Special Public Works Programme.

This was confirmed to CMM by Channels television

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