The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), Wednesday promised to quit President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration if the proposed recruitment of 774, 000 jobseekers was hijacked by politicians.
The minister stated this while inaugurating the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Extended Special Public Works across the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.
He said the committee was set up to devise a strategy for the implementation of the initiative, adding that the pilot scheme would be implemented in five local government areas of Adamawa, Borno, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Jigawa, Katsina and Kwara.
According to Keyamo, the beneficiaries will be engaged in drainage digging and clearance, irrigation canals clearance, rural feeder road maintenance and maintenance of the great green wall nurseries and orchards.
Others are traffic control, street cleaning, cleaning of public infrastructures like health centres, schools, and others.
He added that a total of 40.000 direct jobs are expected to be created in the eight pilot states.
Keyamo said: “This is not for PDP or APC who will want a slot from my local government because I am a politician. But I assure you it will not happen.
“I will leave this job if they want to insist that it will happen. Mr. President is targeting ordinary Nigerians who are neither PDP nor APC members nor just anything. They just want to get jobs to feed their families.
“This is not a time for us to empower our followers as politicians.
We are going to dig deep, it is one of the recommendations you are going to make, that is why you are here.”