The Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has said the federal government will retain the original formula for sharing the 774,000 jobs under Special Public Works (SPW) scheme.
Recall that the Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment, Dr. Nasir Mohammed Ladan had stated that the job sharing formula will accommodate more concessions.
In an interview with TheNation, the minister stated that only 15 per cent of the job slots will be given to Governors, National Assembly members, Ministers and other interest groups.
Keyamo who admitted that there would be a few adjustment depending on local circumstances , insisted that the interest of the public will be uppermost than any other thing.
“The report on the sharing formula must have been a misapprehension of the instructions I gave to them to implement.
“I did not give any instruction on 40 per cent rise for them to implement. We are sticking to the original formula of 15 per cent concession to political officeholders.
“There may be a few adjustments here and there depending on local circumstances,” he said.
The senior lawyer stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has stopped him from supervising the recruitment programme.
He added that his Ministry has been working seamlessly with NDE on the 774,000 jobs.
“We are working harmoniously with NDE on this issue. That is why you can see a joint team (from the ministry and NDE) going around to supervise the preparations for the takeoff of the project all over the country.
“By the law establishing NDE, the ministry is an integral part of NDE. We cannot separate the two of them.
“The DG and I have held several meetings of late and we are on the same page on these issues,” Keyamo said.
The Minister insisted the October 1 take-off date for the project is realistic.