Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe has said the Senate will take a position on the decision of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo to go ahead with the recruitment of 774,000 federal workers.
Abaribe, the Senate Minority leader, told Punch that the senators were expecting Senate President Ahmad Lawan to brief them on the outcome of Thursday’s meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said, “The Senate will take an official position on the issue next Tuesday after listening to the outcome of the meeting between the presiding officers and the President over the matter.
“We asked our presiding officers to meet with President Buhari on the issue and we have not had plenary since they returned. The Senate President will brief us on Tuesday at plenary and we will make a decision on it.”
Naija News reports that Keyamo had in June had a disagreement with the National Assembly over the execution of the scheme.
Lawmakers had suspended the Public Works Programme after accusing Keyamo of hijacking the recruitment exercise from the National Directorate of Employment, which got N52billion approval to carry out the programme.
But last Tuesday, Keyamo disclosed that President Buhari has asked him to go ahead with the recruitment process.
“I have the instructions of my boss, Mr President, to proceed with the supervision of the preparation for the execution of the programme in accordance with the law,” said Keyamo in the statement.