The former Minister of State for Labour and Employment under the administration of ex-President Muhammadu Buhari, Festus Keyamo, has tendered an apology to lawmakers in the Senate.

Festus Keyamo
Ministerial nominee, Festus Keyamo

Keyamo who appeared before the Senate for screening on Monday faced a tough moment. A lawmaker had demanded that the screening of Keyamo be suspended.

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The Drama

Really, this demand forced a drama in the Senate, as lawmakers disagreed over the screening of Keyamo as a ministerial nominee.

Some lawmakers during the screening challenged Keyamo for refusing to honour invites by various committees in the 9th Senate and 9th House of Representatives led by Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila respectively.

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Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe in his petition charged the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, to suspend Keyamo’s screening until he acknowledged that the Senate could summon and question any Minister and his/her Ministry.

The development eventually saw lawmakers in the Senate proceed into closed-door plenary.

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Keyamo’s Apology

Upon resumption of the screening, Keyamo apologised to lawmakers for his actions during the administration of ex-president, Buhari.

He explained that the list of the beneficiaries of the 52 billion Public Works scheme which was requested by the 9th Senate was available for scrutiny.

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Before he was asked to take a leave of the Senate and Go, Keyamo apologised to the Senate.

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Afterwards, he was asked to go and sin no more.

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