The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has been reaffirmed by the senate as the statutorily government parastatal empowered to carry out the recruitment of 774,000 low skilled Nigerians for the special public works scheme.
Total News 24 earlier reported that the Senate and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Kayamo SAN have been at daggers drawn over who should carry out the recruitment.
While Keyamo insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari specifically directed him to carry out the recruitment, the Senate Committee on Labour and Employment thinks otherwise.
According to the Senate panel, the NDE is to anchor the recruitment under the supervision of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
However, the Upper Chamber following a motion moved by the Chairman Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central), insisted that the implementation of the scheme remained under the purview of the NDE.
Thus the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity is said to stick to its supervisory role.
The Senate argued that the N52 billion appropriated for the programme was done under the budget of the NDE for implementation.