The Nigeria President, has cautioned the Nigerian political class against using their positions to divert jobs meant for the poor masses.
Buhari’s caution came barely 24 hours after the Minister of Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, alleged that some politicians were blackmailing him over the federal government’s special public works programme meant to employ 774,000 Nigerians in the 774 local government areas of the country.
THE WHISTLER had reported how Keyamo clashed with members of the National Assembly joint committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity, at a public hearing organized to investigate the recruitment process.
The minister had accused the lawmakers of trying to hijack the recruitment process in a bid to get more than the 15% slots already allocated to them.
President Buhari, in a statement issued by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said warned Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to henceforth disregard any request from government officials aimed at conferring undue advantage on anyone seeking jobs or other favours.
The statement was signed by Mr Segun Adeyemi, Special Assistant to the President (Media) Office of the Minister of Information and Culture.
Mohammed said Buhari described such acts as “antithetical to the character of the Administration”.
“The Administration has put in place a systematic and disciplined approach to ensure that the government runs smoothly for all Nigerians, whether in the area of employment or contract procurement.
“This system should be allowed to work for all Nigerians without interference,” said the president.