The minority caucus in the House of Representatives has rejected the
30 slot per local government allotted to each member of the House from the 1,000 job per local government.
This is in a statement issued by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu (PDP, Delta).
The allotment of 30 slots out of the 1000 slots per local government to each member of the House in the statement is described as “grossly unfair and unacceptable by Nigerians and the lawmakers who are the true representatives of the people.”
“The 30 persons allotment per local government for lawmakers is grossly unfair, inadequate and unacceptable to Nigerians.
“As the representatives of the people, we are closer to them and they directly interact with us, irrespective of religion, class and political affiliations.
“All Nigerians living in our constituencies are our constituents, irrespective of political leanings.
“We have a responsibility to protect their interests at all times.
“As such, lawmakers ought to have been carried along on the allotment.”
The Caucus demanded more transparency and a review of the criteria being used for the allotment, which is alleged to favour certain interests in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the detriment and disadvantage of the majority.
The statement added: “Moreover, the questions are, what criteria is being used in the job allotments?
“Given the 30 persons out of the 1000 per local government area allotted to federal lawmakers, what happens to the remaining 970?
“What answers do we give Nigerians?
“How do we ensure that the program benefited Nigerians and not enmeshed in allegations of sharp practices as witnessed in the COVID-19 palliative distribution?”
The Caucus demanded for more transparency and consultation in the implementation of the 774,000 public works jobs.
It further charged President Muhamamdu Buhari to immediately order a review of the implementation process to ensure that the targeted citizens benefited from the programme as intended.