Says lawmakers powers restricted to investigations, not directive to Executive
Denies strolling out of C’ttee
Advises States’ Selection C’ttee to go forward with their work
Threatens to stop if Buhari directs him to compromise
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru – Abuja
Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, has mentioned that the National Assembly Committees lack the powers to provide directives to the manager.
Minister emphatically mentioned that the powers of the National Assembly and its committees beneath part 88 of the 1999 Constitution is just restricted to investigations, and to not give any directive to the manager.
This is as Mr. Keyamo has suggested members of the Selection Committees within the 36 States of the federation to disregard the purported suspension of the choice course of and go forward with their assignments unhindered.
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He additionally threatened to stop his place if President Muhammadu Buhari so directs him on this circumstance to reach political interference within the job recruitment course of, stressing that he can’t compromise the roles meant for peculiar Nigerians who don’t have any Godfathers or who are usually not affiliated to any political social gathering.
In an announcement he personally signed in Abuja, yesterday, the Minister denied the allegation that he walked out of the National Assembly Joint Committee on Labour, whilst he alleged that the purported suspension of the programme by the committee was tantamount to difficult the powers of Mr. President
The assertion learn, “Today, in obedience to their invitation, I appeared earlier than the Joint Committees on Labour of each the Senate and the House. The Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members sought to be briefed on the implementation of the Special Public Works Programme up to now.
“However, there was a misunderstanding between us once they questioned why I didn’t privately submit this system to them for vetting earlier than taking sure steps. They prompt that they must have enter on how the programme needs to be carried out. In different phrases, they sought to regulate the programme as to who will get what, the place, and the way.
“However, I insisted that I couldn’t give up the programme to their management since their powers beneath the structure don’t prolong to that. They insisted on a closed-door session.
“At this level, I remarked that it was solely honest for me to answer their place earlier than the press since their very own place was additionally made public. In any case, I remarked that the Nigerian folks need to know the main points of the execution of this all-important programme.
“I used to be then requested to apologize for insisting on public interplay and I mentioned there was nothing to apologize about as a result of their powers to reveal corruption offered for in part 88 of the Constitution can’t be exercised in personal.
” As such, there was no have to apologize by insisting on a Constitutional provision. Even their Rules that will present for personal hearings on public issues can’t override the provisions of the Constitution. I used to be then permitted to depart. I took a bow and left. I by no means walked out on the revered Committees as they might wish to bend the narrative.”
On the alleged suspension of the train by the lawmakers, he mentioned, “After I left, I perceive that the Joint Committees purportedly suspended the work of the Selection Committees nationwide till they determine how the programme needs to be run and who needs to be in these Committees. My opinion is that it’s tantamount to difficult the powers of Mr. President.
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“I remorse to say that their powers beneath part 88 of the 1999 Constitution is just restricted to investigations, however to not give any directive to the manager.
“A Committee or Committees of each Houses don’t even have powers to cross binding Resolutions. They can solely make suggestions to Plenary. In this case, even Plenary CANNOT give DIRECTIVES to the Executive.
“All my life, I’ve fought for good governance and constitutional democracy. I can’t come into authorities and be intimidated to desert these rules. I’ll reasonably go away this task if Mr. President so directs than compromise the roles meant for peculiar Nigerians who don’t have any Godfathers or who are usually not affiliated to any political social gathering.
“I, therefore, respectfully further direct all the Committees set up nationwide made up of CAN, NSCIA, NURTW, Market Women, CSOs, Youth Organisations, respected traditional rulers, etc to proceed with their work unhindered. Only Mr. President can stop their work.”
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