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Senate kicks against Buhari’s removal of Argungun as NDE boss



Senate kicks against Buhari's removal of Argungun as NDE boss

Ladan Argungu

Senate has kicked against the removal of Dr. Nasir Ladan Argungun as the Director-General, National Directorate for Employment, NDE, and therefore urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reconsider and rescind his directive on the action.

The upper legislative chamber also urged the President to direct an investigation into causes of the frosty relationship between the sacked director generl and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Kayamo.

Similarly, it stressed the need to find out the impact of such frosty relationship on the implementation of the federal government’s Special Public Works, SPW programme on job creation in 774 local government areas across the country.

The Senate’s resolution was hinged on the adoption of a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of its rules by Senator Ibrahim Hadejia (APC Jigawa North East), who said it was a concern of the upper legislative chamber over media reports on the removal of Argungun as the NDE director general as announced by the Presidency on December 8.

Though Senator Hadejia noted that it was within the executive powers of the President to appoint and remove any of his appointees, he informed his colleagues of the controversy surrounding Argungun’s removal from office.

He specifically pointed out that the Presidential directive on the removal gave room for speculations in some quarters that some unpatriotic people were out to undermine the laudable programme of the federal government.

Senator Hadejia said the removal was capable of creating needles and avoidable leadership crisis at the NDE at this critical time that the federal government was leveraging on public works programme to address issues of unemployment and youth empowerment in the country.

Senate kicks against Buhari's removal of Argungun as NDE boss

According to him, it is in the overriding public interest to reconsider and rescind the said Presidential directive on the removal to ensure leadership stability in the agency.

This, he said would aid smooth implementation of jobs creation, skills acquisition and the federal government’s SPW programme aimed at benefiting the youths, many of whom were unemployed.

Contributing, Senator Rochas Okorocha, (APC Imo West) advised the Senate to apply wisdom in handling thisthe matter given the political and economic situations in the country.

“Let us adopt a non formal method of resolving these issue and not create more conflicts among arms of governments,” he stressed.

In his remarks, the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said his understanding of the motion was that the National Assembly was in support of the NDE programme.

Lawan said the leadership of NDE, under the sacked director general had successfully embarked on a pilot implementation of the federal government’s SPW programme in six states.

He stressed the need for solution to the issue so that the minister and the NDE boss could work together harmoniously, warning that the change in leadership of the agency at the moment could derail the genuine intentions of the programme.

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