Following the face-off between the National Assembly and the Honorable Minister of state, Labour, Productivity and Employment, Barrister Fetus Keyamo, the lawmakers have decided to put on hold the program until implementation modalities is properly explained to the National Assembly.
This was contained in a statement issued jointly by the leadership of the Senate and House of representatives.
The lawmakers are concerned about the proper and effective implementation of the engagement of the 774,000 public works program.
The lawmakers pointed out that the public should be aware that they have been part of the program from its conception, gave approval for it and appropriated funds for its implementation as part of its response strategy for tackling the COVID 19 pandemic in the country.
The statement also reads that, the National Assembly in line with its constitutional oversight function, has mandated its committees on Labour and Productivity to immediately invite the Honorable Minister and any other relevant officials of the Ministry to appear before the joint committee to brief it on the modalities for the implementation of the engagement of the 774,000 persons for the program.
The lawmakers clarified that it is not about an individual but to ensure the program is transparent.
The lawmakers assured Nigerians that the National Assembly will do all within its to ensure a transparent process as done with the National Social Register by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.