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Senate leadership to meet presidency over 774,000 jobs

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The Senate yesterday rose from a two-hour executive session mandating its leadership to meet President Muhammadu Buhari and convey its disappointment over the insistence of the executive to go ahead with the public work scheme.

The resolution came as the Federal Government on Tuesday announced committees nationwide to commence implementation of the programme.

The Guardian gathered that the lawmakers felt humiliated that the executive did not heed their directive to suspend the scheme pending when the ministry briefs the National Assembly on the modalities for engaging 774,000 persons for public works, in line with its constitutional oversight function.

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Hence, before the commencement of plenary on Tuesday, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, had announced the closed session.

Though the lawmakers kept mute on the issue after the meeting, The Guardian gathered they were not happy but decided to play it low to avoid further humiliation.

The face-off got to a head when the senate started acting like the executive, giving orders a day after the lawmakers had a public spat with a minister.

A week later, after an executive session, the senate debated the earlier clash between the National Assembly Joint Committee on Labour and Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo during which the lawmakers expressed anger about what they called display of executive rascality.

Consequently, the senate announced that the two chambers of the National Assembly had ordered that the implementation of the 774,000 public works programme should be put on hold until the National Assembly is properly briefed.
The National Assembly said President Muhammadu Buhari could approach the law court if he felt that his executive powers were being usurped or encroached upon.

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