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I Was Never Going To Surrender Special Works Programme To Lawmakers – Keyamo

Festus Keyamo

Festus Keyamo

The special works programme with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has kicked off all across Nigeria with Muhammadu Buhari‘s backing.

Buhari recently backed the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, as the special works programme in the 774 local government areas began nationwide.

According to Keyamo, he was never willing to allow lawmakers to hijack the programme because he wants to be solely responsible for how the programme would be implemented.

He added that surrendering the control of the programme was never going to happen because the powers of the lawmakers do not extend to that in the constitution.

His words, “There was a misunderstanding between us when they questioned why I did not privately submit the program to them for vetting before taking certain steps,”

“They suggested that they ought to have an input on how the programme should be implemented. In other words, they sought to control the programme as to who gets what, where and how.

“However, I insisted that I could not surrender the programme to their control since their powers under the constitution does not extend to that.”

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Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired major general in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation’s head of state from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.

He unsuccessfully ran for the office of president of Nigeria in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 general elections. In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the March 2015 general elections. Buhari won the election, defeating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. This marked the first time in the history of Nigeria that an incumbent president lost to an opposition candidate in a general election. He was sworn in on 29 May 2015. In February 2019, Buhari was re-elected President, defeating his closest rival Atiku Abubakar by over 3 million votes.

Buhari has stated that he takes responsibility for anything over which he presided during his military rule, and that he cannot change the past. He has described himself as a “converted democrat”.

Muhammadu Buhari was born to a Fulani family on 17 December 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to his father Hardo Adamu, a Fulani chief, and mother Zulaihat. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about four years old.


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