Popular comedian and social commentator, Francis Agoda, better known as ‘I Go Dye’ has charged President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians to resist the Senate in their quest to stall and influence the Special Public Works programme under the watch of the Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Productivity, Festus Keyamo.
He made the call in an open letter addressed to the President and Nigerian Youth on Wednesday.
According to ‘I Go Dye’, it was his duty as an Ambassador for Good Governance Human Resources and Development (GGHRAD).
He noted that the upper chamber would have been commended if they were fighting to increase the allowance (N20,000) to be paid to workers under the programme.
The comedian stated that the members of the National Assembly will not be celebrated until they pass a law for sustainable social welfare policy that will cater for all Nigerians.
“This nation has suffered so much, most especially the youths who are faced with unemployment, which the Senate has not solved or advocated for any social support programme to empower them,” the letter read.
“Nigerians would have applauded the Senate if they were deliberating that the salaries of twenty thousand that will be paid is too small and are working to see a further expansion of the programme, instead of attacking the process of implementation.
“As Ambassador for Good Governance Human Resources and Development (GGHRAD), I want to remind the Honourable members of both Houses of the National Assembly, that until they pass a law for sustainable social welfare policy that will cater for all Nigerians, they will not be celebrated.
“We can’t continue to allow a set of people, to ridicule Nigerians with a pretentious impression that they really care for us.
“For three months now, Nigerians have been on a partial lockdown and the Senate have not deliberated on any means to assist Nigerians with any financial support.
“This Honourable Senate should have been awake to its responsibilities, by appealing to the Presidency that Nigerians ought to be empowered during the last three months, but they have not deliberated on any kind of social support to any Nigerian, even the funds donated since COVID-19 pandemic have not been implemented to the knowledge of Nigerians.
“This is a project for the masses and the leadership class of senators should not try to control it, because of their personal desires to hijack it into a political party affair or to sabotage it since it wasn’t their idea, when they have failed to advocate for social support for Nigerians.
“I urge all Nigerians to resist the Senate in their quest to stop or influence the process of empowering Nigerians. I also admonish the Honourable Minister of State for Labour to clarify this issue, to the overall understanding of Nigerians, so that they may not be misguided into any false claims. He also has a duty to maintain his good standard and reputation and do all within his best, while institutions and individuals working to achieve this goal should make sure they do not fill it up with ghost workers, while those who are supposed to benefit will be excluded from the process. We all should ensure that the project is fully implemented.
“The senate and Mr President must do everything humanly possible to activate this project as part of the promises they made to Nigerians, since this process has been placed under the office of the Honourable Minister to the benefits of Nigerians.”
On Tuesday, Keyamo was involved in a heated exchange with members of the joint committee of the Senate and House of Representatives on Labour and Employment.
They accused him of trying to take over the powers of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in the process of recruiting 774,000 Nigerians.
But speaking with journalists, the minister alleged that the lawmakers were trying to take control of the recruitment exercise which his ministry supervises.