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Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige on Thursday said he will not take over the supervision of recruitment for 774,000 Nigerians into the Special Public Works programme, as directed by the National Assembly.

This is just as the Director General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Nasir Ladan, refused to comment on whether the agency was going ahead with an alternative plan to implement the recruitment.

When our reporter called agency chief on Wednesday, Ladan said: “I don’t want to speak to the press on this, please.”

Ngige said the NDE, as a government agency, is supervised by the Office of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, headed by Festus Keyamo (SAN).

He said: “…We have delegated the NDE to him. I have had three ministers of states and they all managed the NDE. It is in their schedule.”

On Tuesday, both chambers of the National Assembly called for the removal of Keyamo from supervising the recruitment.

The Senate and the House of Representatives, at their separate sessions, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop Keyamo from supervising the recruitment.

Despite objection by the National Assembly, Keyamo, on July 14, said he had got presidential approval to supervise the recruitment in accordance with the law.