Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, said he was a victim of assault during his appearance before the joint committee of the Senate and House of Representatives on Labour where he appeared in regards to the newly introduced public works programme of the federal government.
The programme is aimed at creating unskilled jobs for 774,000 persons for three months with each participant entitled to N20, 000 monthly.
The session ended acrimoniously as the lawmakers walked out Keyamo after trouble ensued between them over the composition of the programme’s committee by the minister and the recruitment of the beneficiaries.
The brouhaha occurred in the full view of newsmen. It has continued unabatedly with the lawmakers announcing their cancellation of the programme and one of them, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah describing Keyamo’s action as rascally.
In an interview with Punchng.com, the lawyer turned politician, said it was not within the power of the lawmakers to stop the programme and for that reason it is still ongoing.
He added that he was in no way impudent to them and instead it was them, who were rascally.
“Somebody, a lawmaker, threw a microphone at me, so the public should judge who is rascally.
“The whole world saw a lawmaker throw a microphone at me, while I sat calmly. The only thing I insisted on yesterday was for them to obey the law of Nigeria. If they want to expose anything, exposure means to be done in public, not in private,” Keyamo told the paper.