Reps Stops FG’s 774,000 Special Works Scheme

The House of Representatives has asked the federal government to immediately suspend the take off of the 774,000 Special Works Scheme.

The House took the decision on Tuesday,  during plenary session.

The members after deliberations, asked the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning not to fund the scheme, which is billed to take off in January 2021.

Recall that the National Assembly had appropriated N52bn for the exercise in the 2020 Appropriation Act. It was to begin in November.

The National Assembly and the Federal Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity had clashed over the recruitment of 774,000 workers for the scheme.

During Tuesday’s plenary,  the House fumed at the federal government’s removal of the Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment, Dr Nasiru Argungu, who had backed the parliament in the controversy.

They called on President Muhammadu Buhari reverse Argungu’s sacking.

According to a report published by the Punch newspaper, the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, had since on the order of the president, appointed Argungu’s replacement.

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