House of Representatives members in the minority caucus have rejected the 30 slots each given to them for the federal government’s 774,000 jobs.
The representatives are asking for more slots in the programme meant for 1,000 Nigerians each in the 774 local governments in the country.
Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) had traded words with members of the national assembly and promised to stay as transparent as possible.
Ndudi Elumelu, Minority Leader of the House said in a statement on Tuesday that; “The 30 persons allotment to be supervised by a member in each of the local government areas cannot, by any criteria, be said to be a true representation of the people they are mandated to represent,” he said.
“It is grossly unfair, inadequate and unacceptable to Nigerians. As the representatives of the people, we are closer to them and they directly interact with us, irrespective of religion, class and political affiliations.
“All Nigerians living in our constituencies are our constituents, irrespective of political leaning. We have a responsibility to protect their interests at all times. As such, lawmakers ought to have been carried along on the allotment.
“Moreover, the questions are: what criteria is being used in the job allotments, given the 30 persons out of the 1000 per local government area allotted to federal lawmakers, what happens to the remaining 970, what answers do we give Nigerians, how do we ensure that the programme benefit Nigerians and not enmeshed in allegations of sharp practices as witnessed in the COVID-19 palliative distribution?”
Reacting to Elumelu, Yekini Nabena, deputy spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the slots were well distributed.
He said PDP members are making unnecessary accusations and that the federal government has the exercise under control.
“Traditional rulers, religious leaders and local government chairmen across the country got the job slots. Is Elumelu saying they are all APC card carrying members?” he said.
“I will give you a personal example: my local government chairman in Sagbama council of Bayelsa state is a PDP member. The problem with these PDP members is that they have all been infected with the PDP virus. They should stop crying wolf where there is none. The truth is that we got it right on this particular exercise supervised by Keyamo.”