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‘774,000 jobs belong to the unemployed!’ — reactions to Keyamo’s exchange with lawmakers

‘774,000 jobs belong to the unemployed!’ — reactions to Keyamo’s exchange with lawmakers
June 30
22:49 2020

Some Nigerians have taken to social media to react after Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, engaged in a shouting match with members of the national assembly over the planned recruitment of 774,000 people by the federal government.

On Monday, the minister inaugurated committees made up of 20 people from each state, which would be in charge of engaging the 774,000 citizens in a special works programme implemented by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

There was however drama on Tuesday at the national assembly where Keyamo was involved in a shouting match with some lawmakers who faulted the recruitment exercise.

While the lawmakers had accused the minister of hijacking the programme from NDE, Keyamo fired back, saying they were the ones trying to take over the project.


In a statement after the incident, the lawyer also accused the joint national assembly committees on labour of challenging President Muhammadu Buhari.

The development has since sparked a plethora of reactions on social media platforms where some Nigerians registered their different opinions.

“Festus Keyamo did the right thing. Those 774,000 jobs should go to the people who need them, which are the unemployed people who need jobs to fend for themselves, not political loyalists who will receive them as rewards for their support or people who already have jobs,” a Twitter user said.


They still want to dupe us of the #30,000 paying job. I’m ashamed of this country. God bless Keyamo for rejecting them of manipulating the 774,000 jobs,” another user said.

Here is what some Nigerians had to say:



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