774,000 jobs: Politicians blackmailing me – Keyamo

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The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), said he is facing blackmail from some politicians over the public works programme put in place to create 774,000 unskilled jobs.

Keyamo alleged this on Monday while inaugurating the programme’s state chairmen and committee members in Abuja.

The minister, who warned the members to be forthright and carried out their assignment without fear or favour, said he was under intense pressure from some unnamed political leaders who were hell bent on dictating to them saying he won’t cave in.

He added that he was only beholden to President Muhammadu Buhari and no one else.

His word, “There have been attempts at blackmailing me in this particular programme too to make us also yield to political leaders and we have said no – not while I am here.

“I have a pedigree; I have a background; I know where I am coming from. Before I came into public office, I have a pedigree and what I stand for.

“Except Mr President, who appointed me stops me, and who gave me the opportunity and rare privilege to drive this programme, except he stops me, no other political leader or person can stop me. I am answerable only to Mr President.”

The programme will run between October and December, under the labour ministry through the National Directorate of Employment with each participant receiving N20, 000 monthly.

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