On Monday, the immediate past Minister of State for Labour and Employment and a ministerial nominee, Festus Keyamo, SAN, apologised to the Senate over his perceived disregard for the ninth Assembly.
He also explained that in the ninth Senate, he apologised to the 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, which was paid directly to the people’s accounts.
BREAKING: I’m sorry- Keyamo apologises to Senate.
“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, 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 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 particular public works programme.
Senator Nwokocha said, “I move that we suspend forthwith screening of the nominee and wait until this is cleared.”
After witnessing a rowdy session, the Senate was calmed by the Senate President, GodsWill Akpabio. The Senate then resolved into a closed-door and restored order to the Red Chamber.
It was reported that 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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