Lawmakers Not Empowered To Give Directives To The Executive – Keyamo On 774,000 Jobs Suspension

By Chinenye Festus:-
In a statement he personally signed shortly after the disagreement, Keyamo insisted that the lawmakers were not empowered by the nation’s Constitution to dictate to the executive arm of government.
The Minister of State for Labour, Mr Festus Keyamo, has taken a swipe at the members of the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Labour over a fracas that ensued on Tuesday.
Reacting to the purported suspension of the 774,000 jobs to be issued to Nigerians by the Federal Government, Keyamo knocked the lawmakers. The Minister described it as tantamount to challenging the powers of the president.
I regret to say that their powers under section 88 of the 1999 Constitution is only limited to investigations, but NOT TO GIVE ANY DIRECTIVE TO THE EXECUTIVE.”A Committee or Committees of both Houses do not even have powers to pass binding Resolutions. They can only make recommendations to Plenary. In this case, even Plenary CANNOT give DIRECTIVES to the Executive,” he said.”
“They suggested that they ought to have an in-put on how the programme should be im-plemented. In other words, they sought to control the programme as to who gets what, where and how.”
“After I left, I understand that the Joint Committees purportedly suspended the work of the Selection Committees nationwide until they decide how the programme should be run and who should be in those Committees. My opinion is that it is tantamount to challenging the powers of Mr. President,” he said.   
According to Keyamo , the misunderstanding arose when the lawmakers questioned why he did not privately submit the special public works programme to them for vetting.

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