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774,000 Jobs: Ministry Increases Slots For NASS

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The Ministry of Labour and Productivity has increased the slots allocated to National Assembly members following a series of negotiations.

In a requests read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan at the beginning of plenary on Tuesday, the Ministry stared that each Senator would present 1,000 beneficiaries, while a member of the House of Representatives would present 50 beneficiaries from each of the local government areas in their constituency.

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Recall that the Lawmakers had rejected the 30 and 25 slots per Senator and Rep member respectively, which was initially allocated to them by the Ministry in August.

A senator on condition of anonymity confirmed that he had directed his aides in his constituency office to liaise with stakeholders and compile the list of beneficiaries for submission this week.

“We have people in the various wards, including traditional rulers and community leaders, who are generating the list and getting necessary information from the underprivileged people across religious and political divides, he said

“Details of the beneficiaries are being compiled online and will be made available to the National Directorate of Employment this week.”

A member at the House of Representatives, however confirmed that though he had not been officially communicated, he had been informed that he would get 50 slots per local government area.

A lawmaker of the Peoples Democratic Party from the South-West, who decided to be anonymous said there were four local government areas under the federal constituency he was representing, giving him 200 slots in total.

Reacting to the development, Senator Godiya Akwashiki, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Labour and Productivity, stated that the lawmakers never had any disagreement with the Ministry of Labour and Productivity over the issue of slots.

He said, “All beneficiaries in each senatorial district are our constituents. The entire 1,000 beneficiaries from my district area are my constituents, because I’m the leader of the senatorial district.

“The minister has said that all the beneficiaries are our people. This programme is irrespective of political parties.”

There were strong indications on Sunday that the much awaited 774,000 unskilled jobs for Nigerians would take off in October and each of the beneficiaries will receive N20,000 each for three months.

Recall that the National Assembly passed the request of the executive for N52bn to undertake the programme of the public works across the country following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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