As Reps C’mtte queries Statistician-General over recruitment knowledge
Demands particulars of all meals distributors for college feeding programme nationwide
By Levinus Nwabughiogu
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has assured that the face-off between the federal authorities and the National Assembly (NASS) over the recruitment of 774,000 youths for public works will likely be resolved inside 24 hours.
This got here because the Committee on Public Account chaired by Hon. Wole Oke has demanded from the Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr Yemi Kale, the info getting used to determine the beneficiaries of the programme since its inception by the current administration.
It will likely be recalled that the Minister for State of Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo had a shouting match with some senators investigating the method throughout a committee assembly on Monday.
A joint Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Labour had invited Keyamo to offer particulars of the Special Public Works Programme the place 774,000 unemployed youths can be recruited by the Federal Government below the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).
The Committee had sought to know the tactic of collection of a 20-man committee from every state of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja for the programme.
But verbal fisticuffs ensued between the lawmakers and the Minister over who ought to lead the programme domiciled below the NDE.
The assembly later turned rowdy, necessitating a closed-door session to debate the matter however Keyamo wouldn’t subscribe to that.
He fairly most popular an open session with Journalists concerned.
The insistence irritated lawmakers who informed Keyamo to apologise to the committee, however once more, the Minister wouldn’t.
He was thereafter requested to go away the assembly since he refused to apologise to Parliament for his motion.
However making an unscheduled look earlier than the Public Accounts Committee throughout its session with Dr Yale, Gbajabiamila stated the matter will likely be amicably resolved.
He stated: “I’m solely right here to look at proceedings and nothing extra so simply keep it up and neglect about my presence. As you all know, the Committee on Public Accounts is the one committee recognised by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, so you’re all welcome. But once more, now we have to guarantee that what occurred yesterday (Monday) within the Senate doesn’t repeat right here.
“It is unfortunate that the National Assembly is not allowed to operate as it should. However, I want to assure you that the matter will be resolved within the next 24 hours.”
Continuing with its proceedings, the Committee recommended the federal government for introducing the National School Feeding Programme within the nation’s public Primary colleges
The Committee Chairman, nonetheless, stated that the programme was being reviewed by the Parliament to stop mismanagement by the operators.
“The Parliament is commending the President for the introduction of the laudable programme in the schools, but we the lawmakers are receiving its operations to ensure value for money being budgeted it, we don’t want the programme to be mismanaged.”
Consequently, the Committee directed the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, to supply the headcount of pupils and different beneficiaries of the National Food Programme the precursor to the varsity feeding programme of the federal authorities
The House Committee additionally demanded correct pre-qualification particulars of all of the meals distributors for the varsity feeding programme in accordance with the Public Procurement Act to safeguard the lives of the pupils and different residents.
It queried the Statistician-General of the Federation Dr Yemi Kale on the unverifiable knowledge used for the feeding of the pupils since inception.
The Committee additionally demanded that the info from the state places of work of the NBS for the varsity feeding programme be made out there to information members in the midst of the continuing investigation
Responding, the Statistician-General assured the Committee that the Agency would do the headcount and furnish the lawmakers with the checklist of private and non-private college pupils who had benefited from the feeding programme nationwide.