-By Ike Ohakwe – Abuja
Ex-minister of Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo, now ministerial nominee of President Bola Tinubu, on Monday apologized to the Nigeria Senate, over his last misconduct against the Senate as a minister under former President Muhammadu Buhari.
His apology came after the Senate, stood down screening of Keyamo following a motion moved by the member, Darlington Nwokocha ( LP, Abia Central) and it was seconded by the member Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, (APGA Abia South).
The Senators were not happy that Keyamo ignored the house committee on Labour and Productivity, when he was invited by the committee to come explain to Nigerians about the financial transactions surrounding the sharing of N52 billion to 774 local government areas of the country.
In apologizing, Keyamo said: “He was not directly involved in the sharing of the N52 billion to the beneficiaries of special public works programme aimed at employing 774,000 citizens, a thousand from each of the 774 local government areas in the country. The N52 billion Social Works Programme, which was meant for distribution to 774 Local Government Councils across the states, though, was his initiative, he never saw the money.
“The fund was distributed by the Central Bank of Nigeria to beneficiaries directly without me knowing who got any money.
“There is a register that captures every beneficiary, and it was the Central Bank of Nigeria that shared the money to Nigerians who had already been captured through the approved criteria.”
It was after Keyamo’s apology that he was asked to “leave the Senate and sin no more.”