The Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Productivity, Mr Festus Keyamo, traded words with members of the National Assembly on Tuesday over the National Directorate of Employment recruitment exercise.
Trouble started when the Director-General of the NDE, Mr. Nasiru Ladan, could not defend the N52 billion budgeted for the recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians under the NDE.
The minister said his ministry was asked to supervise the recruitments by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd). But the federal lawmakers disagreed with Keyamo.
Keyamo was asked by the lawmakers to explain the modalities he had adopted to carry out the recruitment process and why he was not carrying the NDE along.
Keyamo said the Director-General of the NDE, Mr. Nasiru Ladan, is a member of the committee but when asked to defend himself, the NDE boss, said the Minister was in a better position to answer all questions relating to the N52 billion budgeted for the recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians.
The lawmakers called for a closed session to resolve their differences but Keyamo insisted that journalists must witness the proceeding.
The legislators accused Kayamo of trying to dictate proceedings to them and demanded an apology.