Stella Dimoko Ministerial Nominee Keyamo Apologises To Senate After He Was Reminded Of His'Sins'


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Tuesday, August 08, 2023

Ministerial Nominee Keyamo Apologises To Senate After He Was Reminded Of His'Sins'

Festus Keyamo,EX Minister of State for Labour and Employment and a ministerial nominee, on Monday, August 7,2023 apologised to the Senate over his perceived disregard for the ninth Assembly.

He also explained that he had in the ninth Senate apologised to both chairman Senate committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity, Senator Godiya Akwashiki and his counterpart in the House of Representatives.

Keyamo said, “ I apologise to the Senate. I am sorry, I am sorry and I am sorry.”

“Regarding that programme, the account was handled by the World Bank. So, we, the head of the agencies, never saw one kobo. We only generated the list and the money was paid directly to the people’s account.
“Every detail of that account was captured and kept in a file. All the records of the beneficiaries and their data are in the ministry.”

Keyamo, who was nominated at the last minute by President Bola Tinubu, on Friday, appeared before the Senate on Monday, for his ministerial nomination.

Earlier, Darlington Nwokocha ( LP, Abia Central), moved the motion requesting the suspension of the nominee’s screening.

Nwokocha reminded Keyamo of how he insulted the lawmakers from both chambers during his tenure as a minister under the last administration.

He also brought to the fore corruption charges levelled against the nominee and how he ignored the National Assembly summons in 2020 over the employment scheme of 774,000 Nigerians recruited for the special public works programme.

Senator Nwokocha then said, “I move that we suspend forthwith screening of the nominee and wait until when this is cleared.”

The Senate thereafter witnessed a rowdy session which was calmed by the Senate President, GodsWill Akpabio.

The Senate then resolved into a closed-door and order was restored to the Red Chamber.
 Akpabio immediately after the closed door meeting visited the Villa after the incident.
However, when the plenary resumed session, three hours after, Keyamo apologised to the lawmakers.

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  1. Just like that. Apologies, no consequences for your actions. Why was he nominated for a Minsterial role; don't they ask for scorecard on his previous performance. Oops! Na Government so na be be lo vibes dem dey. Wetin you use that money do, dem give you project; you take am go buy house for USA. Mtsheew

    1. Dat is it oh! Do bad and get rewarded,former governors given severance package wen they left their states in huge debts.naija my country ,wen will things change,

  2. Replies
    1. You don’t hate him the way I do

    2. Me too, dislike him. but the justification for not screening seems a bit personal to the HOUSE. One would have thought that, justifications for disqualification should be based on on disregard for RULE OF LAW and reckless, unguarded comments during his time in the office.

  3. Keyamo ate the humble pie.

  4. Keyamo said, he was already in Lagos with his family to go on vacation as he has given up hope about nomination. He cancelled the trip and had to rush back to Abuja when his name eventually was mentioned at the last minute.
    My question is does it mean these politicians have no work except running about positions? We have forgotten in this part of the world that people went to school to study Political Science. Politics is a bigger nomenclature for yahoo yahoo.

    1. His a blatant liar

    2. He has his law chambers and it is a very successful practice. He probably delayed his vacation having gotten feelers that he may have to appear before the Senate as a nominee and didn't want to cut his vacation short or look like a snub. It isn't that deep.

      The senators themselves know that there was no proof of any corruption on the part of his ministry, in this case since the minister and senior satff had no access to the funds and couldn't influence it's disbursement. . The list of beneficiaries of those funds were tabulated and sent to them directly through their BVN. The legislators could have gotten this list directly by writing the ministry but since they didn't have control of the scheme and couldn't divert it to their own preferred beneficiaries, they started drama and tried to embarrass the ministry. Neither Keyamo's ministry nor other parties had access to the funds as it was disbursed from CBN directly.

      It's also comical that since 2020 or 2021, these very caring and meticulous senators could not obtain the list of recipients and point out fraud.

      Comedy all around.

  5. But guy man did good by his duty. What the noise about? Hate him all you want, he always tried to deliver and have a clean sheet .


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