The Federal government has launched a special public works program suspended by the National Assembly.
The government announced the takeoff via its official Twitter account on Tuesday.
This program, coordinated by the Ministry of labor and employment, was approved by President muhammadu Buhari as part of the financial stimulus measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 1,000 Nigerians from each of the 774 local government areas will participate in the program, coordinated by established state committees.
“The state selection committees have been opened and started working”” the Federal government said via its Twitter account.
It was reported that Buhari instructed the state Minister of labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, to launch the program, amid ongoing misunderstandings with the National Assembly.
Keyamo clashed with the National Assembly over the legislature’s insistence on dictating the program’s implementation process.
The national Assembly suspended the program in the heat of a confrontation with the Minister, demanding further clarification.
At the June meeting, members of the Committee almost had a fist fight with the Minister, who was kicked out of the event.
But Keyamo accused the Committee of trying to hijack the program and appropriate some jobs.
He also accused the National Assembly Committee of challenging the President with its actions.