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The conflict over the 774,000 public works jobs launched by the Federal Government might have been settled with slots allotted to legislators.
Likewise, Senators and House of Representatives members, governors, and ministers may also make selections.
The strategy of recruitment which the Lawmakers aimed to stop, after a dispute between Minister of State Labour and Employment and the joint committee of the National Assembly on Labour and Employment, reportedly is going on in all of the states.
Political officeholders have been allotted 15 percent of the positions in the programme planned to make use of 1,000 artisan youths from every of the 774 local government councils within the country.
Beneficiaries are to work for 3 months between October and December. Each will earn N20,000 month-to-month, doing public duties as could also be decided.
N52 billion, The Nation reported, has been approved for the project in the 2020 budget funding.
Dr. Innocent Barikor, the Chairman of the Extended Special Public Work Selection Committee in Rivers State, while giving details of the slots sharing, said “The programme has a guideline.
“The directive given to us is that every state governor has 40 slots of the job in each LGA; serving Senators have 30 each, members of House of Representative have 25 slots; a minister has 30 slots in every LGA in his state of origin, so I have nothing to do about it.”
The committee chairman added: “This job is for those that do not know about ICT. They are jobs for bricklayers, market women, hairdressers, among others.” The Nation quoted.
Hajiya Hafsat Baba, the Kaduna State Chairman of the Selection Committee, stated: “Thirteen per cent of the total number allocated to Kaduna is being shared among the elected and appointed political office holders from the state, while the eighty-seven per cent will be given to the people through a random selection committee.”
Fifty slots had been assigned to the member representing Gwer East and Gwer West Constituency of Benue State in the House of Representatives.
Musa Sadauki, who is also the NDE State Coordinator and the selection committee Secretary, said: “We are pleased to formally notify you that the Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo has approved the allotment to you of the 25 slots in each of the two LGAs in your Federal Constituency…”
Plateau State selection committee mentioned it’s going to soon release the recruitment modalities.
State coordinator, Rufus Bature, mentioned that the committee has carried out a number of meetings, and that application forms could also be disseminated as from next week.
Enugu State Chairman of the Committee, Chief Gbazuagu Nweke Gbazuagu, stated the recruitment was working easily.
Confirming the slot reservations, Keyamo said: “Yes, the figures are true. Fifteen per cent has been reserved for political officeholders. They also have constituents they represent.
“The slots for Senators and House of Representatives members are for the local governments within the constituents/catchment areas that they represent, not the whole state.
“It is a very, very small number if you consider that the slots are not up to 150 out of 1,000 per local government. So, you still have 850 per local government. You still have a large number reserved for Nigerians.”
Protesting over the quota allocation, Nelson Onyekachukwu, the Katsina State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) complained of the poor figure allotted by the committee.
In his words: “Asking CAN to contribute only 20 people from each of the 34 local government areas in the state is grossly unfair to the association.”
Alhaji Musa Magaji, the implementation committee chairman, stated the recruitment could be executed equitably irrespective of religious or political collaboration, adding that CAN is simply one of many groups to be included.
The Anambra State’s Selection Committee head, Sir Uzoma Igbonwa, mentioned the project would soon take off.
He stated the traditional rulers sub-committee was yet to be established, however, that those of youths, CAN, market women, road workers, and Muslim groups have all been inaugurated.
On the flip side, Lawmakers in Imo State have allegedly hijacked the forms for some local government areas.
Elder Jacob Uwaleke an artisan from Owerri West Local Government Area, learned voice while reacting on the issues: “We were told that lawmakers collected the forms on behalf of their constituencies but honestly I am yet to see it.”