Don’t Release Funds For Public Works Programme, Reps Tell Finance Minister

In this photo released by the House of Representatives, some lawmakers are seated during one of the plenaries in the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

The House of Representatives has asked the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed not to release any funds to the Public Works Programme of the Federal Government if it will breach due process.

The House is also asking President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige to follow due process by ensuring that the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) takes charge of the employment progress of the public works programme.

This follows a motion of urgent public importance raised by the Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu on Tuesday during plenary.

According to the motion, the President’s directive to Keyamo to go ahead with the implementation of the programme would make it difficult for the National Assembly to carry out its oversight function on the programme.

According to Okechukwu, the Minister of Labour is only mandated to supervise the NDE.

[VIDEO] 774,000 Jobs: Drama As Senators Walk Keyamo Out Of Meeting

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, leaves a meeting with members of the Senate and House Joint Committee on Labour at the National Assembly in Abuja on June 30, 2020.

 

Drama played out on Tuesday as some senators walked the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, out of a meeting.

The lawmakers had invited Keyamo to give details of the Special Public Works Programme where 774,000 people would be recruited by the Federal Government under the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

During the meeting which was held at the National Assembly in Abuja, members of the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Labour sought to find out the method of selection of a 20-man committee from each state for the programme.

However, a heated argument erupted between committee members and Keyamo over who should helm the programme which was to be domiciled under the NDE.

As the rowdy session ensued, the committee decided to go into a closed-door session to discuss the matter, but the minister refused, insisting that further discussions be held in the presence of journalists.

This enraged the lawmakers who told Keyamo to apologise to the committee, but he ignored them.

Thereafter, the minister was asked to leave the meeting since he refused to apologise to the committee members.

The lawmakers claimed that Keyamo had no right to direct the committee on how to conduct its proceedings.

This comes a day after the minister inaugurated a 20-man committee in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by virtual means.

According to him, 1,000 persons would be selected from each of the 774 local government areas in the country to be engaged by the government in the Special Public Works Programme.

Coronavirus: We Must Tolerate And Allow People To Vent Their Opinions – Keyamo

 

 

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has asked that individuals be allowed to vent their opinions freely with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Keyamo who lately has been taking on the COVID-19 issue via social media, the people must be allowed to vent their opinions because it is a sign of the times.

He also stated that the challenge that soon will  face governments around the world is how to keep their citizens safe from COVID-19 by imposing inactivity and at the same time how to keep them safe from poverty, hunger & depression as a result of the inactivity.

READ ALSO: Minister, Festus Keyamo Says God Allowed COVID-19 To Afflict Humans

COVID-19: Give Nigerians Airtime And Data To Soothe Their Pains, Keyamo Tells MTN, Others

 

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has asked major telecommunication companies in Nigeria to give tokens of airtime and data in a bid to ease the pains of Nigerians even as the fight against COVID-19 intensifies.

According to series of tweets by Keyamo on Monday, the airtime and data will not only ease pains but will also help Nigerians stay connected to their loved ones in these trying times.

Keyamo also asked the direct broadcast satellite service providers in Nigeria to support the fight against COVID-19 by giving Nigerians an extension on their current subscription.

Using his verified Twitter page, Keyamo urged DSTV and StarTimes to extend existing subscriptions by one month, to help alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians within the lockdown period.

READ ALSO: Two More Cases Of COVID-19 Confirmed In Kaduna

The minister a few days ago was of the opinion that God allowed the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease to afflict the human race.

He argued that God allowed COVID-19 to afflict the human race so that he can reconcile the earth to himself.

Mr Keyamo asked Nigerians to pray for forgiveness, assuring them that everything will end in praise.

COVID-19: Give Nigerians One-Month Free Subscription, Keyamo Tells DSTV, Others

A file photo of Mr Festus Keyamo.

 

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has asked direct broadcast satellite service providers in Nigeria to support the fight against COVID-19 by giving Nigerians an extension on their current subscription. 

In a series of tweets on Monday, Mr Keyamo urged DSTV and Star Times to extend existing subscriptions by one month, to ease the pains of many across the nation.

READ ALSO: President Buhari Signs COVID-19 Regulations 2020

The minister also urged major telecommunication companies in Nigeria to give out some tokens of airtime and data in a bid to ease the pains of Nigerians and to help them stay connected to their loved ones in these trying times.

Mr Keyamo had in some earlier tweets on March 26, opined that God allowed the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease to afflict the human race.

He argued that God allowed COVID-19 to afflict the human race only to redirect people’s steps back to Him.

According to him, “We have so distorted God’s Word to suit our own human weaknesses and satisfy our greed, even in supposed Holy Places”.

The minister urged Nigerians to collectively ask for forgiveness, stressing that it will all end in praise.

Minister, Festus Keyamo Says God Allowed COVID-19 To Afflict Humans

A file photo of Mr Festus Keyamo.

 

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), says God allowed the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease to afflict the human race.

Keyamo in a tweet posted late on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, said COVID-19 came because the world has distorted God’s vision.

He posted:

God has allowed COVID-19 to afflict the human race only to redirect our steps back to Him.

We have so distorted God’s Word to suit our own human weaknesses and satisfy our greed, even in supposed Holy Places.

We should collectively ask for forgiveness & it will all end in praise.

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The minister further stated that aside from the spiritual angle to the scourge, Nigerians must all work and pray; God can only help those who help themselves.

He also lashed out at Christian religious leaders who he termed as “recalcitrant”, saying they must come to realise that this disease is permitted by God.

Keyamo urged all Nigerians to follow all the directives of NCDC, stressing that the instructions must be obeyed to the letter before the scourge can end in praise. 

The human rights activist also asked Nigerians to use the period of partial lockdown to reignite old friendships and common humanity.

Keyamo stressed that:

“It’s not a period of gloom, but a precaution. Call up old friends; search for your childhood playmates on social media and chat them up. Soon, we shall return to our crazy daily schedules”.

Over 20000 persons have been killed since the novel Coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

Imo Election: PDP Is A Very Unserious Opposition – Keyamo

The Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Mr Festus Keyamo, briefing reporters in Ugheli, Delta State on January 16, 2020.

 

 

The Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Mr Festus Keyamo, has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a very unserious opposition.

He made the remark during an interview with reporters on Wednesday while attending an event in Ughelli, Delta State.

“We have an opposition that is a very unserious opposition; an opposition that is not ready to take but they are ready to give,” said the Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

He further described the PDP as “an opposition that takes the benefit from the system; from a particular institution and they don’t want to take the downs from that same institution.”

READ ALSO: Supreme Court Nullifies Election Of Ihedioha, Declares Hope Uzodinma Imo Governor

Keyamo faulted the reaction of the opposition party to the judgement of the Supreme Court which removed Mr Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State.

A seven-man panel of justices led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammed, had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ihedioha and give same to Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Party (APC).

Hope Uzodinma                                                                                                                    Emeka Ihedioha

 

 

Reacting in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP rejected the judgement and wondered how Uzodinma who came fourth could be declared as the winner of the election.

“In fact, the PDP and indeed, most Nigerians are still at a loss as to understand the basis upon which the Supreme Court arrived at its decision.

“The party says it is lamentable that the destiny of the people of Imo state is being taken from the governor they chose and voted for and handed over to individuals and a political party that do not have their blessing and mandate and which they rejected at the election,” the opposition party said.

On his part, Keyamo believes members of the opposition party are not objective with their reaction because the court’s ruling did not favour them.

He highlighted the events in two states where members of the APC were barred from participating in the 2019 general elections.

The minister questioned, “The same court that gave them victories and excluded us entirely in Rivers State, excluded us entirely in Zamfara State; is that the same kangaroo court?

“How can democrats come out and make such very inciting statement? I think it is an irresponsible statement.

“It doesn’t even deserve a response and they need to apologise to Nigerians and to the Supreme Court; it’s extremely provocative,” he added.

Social Media Bill: To Just Post Anything Is Unacceptable – Keyamo

A file photo of Mr Festus Keyamo.

 

 

The Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Mr Festus Keyamo, believes regulating the posts on social media is the way to go in order to bring sanity into the society.

Keyamo stated this in a series of tweets on Monday in reaction to the proposal of the Social Media Bill by the National Assembly.

He took a swipe at those condemning the bill and asked them to unblock and apologise to those who irritated them with insults.

READ ALSO: Social Media Bill Passes Second Reading In Senate

Although the minister did not support the death penalty for hate speech, he insisted that posting false information on social media was dangerous for the nation.

He stressed that there should be some penal consequences for those who deliberately go online to post false stories under the umbrella of freedom of speech.

The Social Media Bill has sparked mixed reactions from individuals and groups within and outside Nigeria.

Read Keyamo’s tweets below:

Keyamo, Alasoadura Swap As Buhari Reshuffles Cabinet

Festus Keyamo                                                                                                                     Tayo Alasoadura

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a minor reshuffle of his cabinet, five weeks after the ministers were inaugurated.

The Federal Government announced this in a statement on Tuesday by Mr Willie Bassey, the Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

According to the statement, those affected are the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Festus Keyamo, and the Minister of State of Labour and Employment, Senator Tayo Alasoadura.

READ ALSO: Buhari Swears In Ministers

Mr Keyamo was directed to move to the Ministry of Labour and Employment as the minister of state while Senator Alasoadura would take over as the minister of state at Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

The redeployment, according to the statement, takes effect from Tuesday, September 24.

Senate President Objects As Melaye Asks Keyamo To Recite National Anthem

A drama almost played out on Friday in the Senate over the recitation of Nigeria’s national anthem.

While the lawmakers were holding a special session to screen ministerial nominees presented by President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi) stood up to asked a couple of questions.

The lawmaker directed his questions to a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Festus Keyamo, who stood on the floor of the Senate as one of the nominees.

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Senate President Objects As Melaye Asks Keyamo To Recite National Anthem

Senator Melaye’s inquiries bordered on Mr Keyamo’s qualification to hold the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

He said, “I start by congratulating my ‘paddy’ and friend, Festus Keyamo, and our relationship actually dates some years back, not recent. I just want to start by saluting your intellectual.

“I want to quote Section 174 of the Constitution and then ask my question in that regard, section 150 talks about who is qualified to be Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.”

After asking about two questions relating to his qualification for the office, Senator Melaye asked Keyamo to recite the nation’s anthem.

“I just want to say that as a versatile minster, I know you to be intellectually mobile, you recite the second stanza of the national anthem,” he said.

However, the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, interjected and asked the legal practitioner to ignore the recitation of the national anthem.

“That is not a question,” Senator Lawan told Senator Melaye, adding, “You have asked very direct questions.”

It is believed that a number of Nigerians cannot recite the national anthem fluently.

The nation’s anthem is mostly sung to mark the commencement of activities in primary and secondary schools, as well as government events among others.

‘Busiest In The World’, Keyamo Plans To Unbundle Supreme Court

 

A Senior Advocate of Nigerian (SAN), Festus Keyamo, has said that Nigeria’s Supreme Court is the busiest in the world and as such requires unbundling.

“Our Supreme Court is the busiest in the world and it is not just acceptable,” Festus Keyamo said while responding to a question by Senator Omo Agege during a ministerial screening exercise which held in Abuja on Friday.

Senator Omo Agege had asked Keyamo what reforms he would like to see in the justice sector if the President gives him the position of Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

Responding to the Deputy Senate President’s question, Keyamo said if he is AGF, his first duty will be to unbundle the Supreme Court, as well as bring new reforms to the judicial system.

“If I am AGF, I have the idea I call the three ‘Ds’ that would be at the heart of judicial reforms.

“The first D is the decongestion of the Supreme Court, the Second will be the decongestion of the prisons and the third one will be the decongestion of court lists,” Keyamo said.

READ ALSO: Delta APC Was Formed In My Parlour – Keyamo

The rights activist said he will not be the AGF without unbundling the Supreme Court, arguing that the kind of cases that are brought before the Apex Court are “scandalous, interlocutory appeals”.

Keyamo further stressed that the Supreme Court is burdened with appeals dealing with frivolous matters.

He also opined that Nigeria has become big enough to have six regional Supreme Courts where appeals from the regions can be handled appropriately.

The Senior Advocate said: “Land matters, contract matters, marriage and all of that” will end there.

Keyamo stated that these ‘frivolous’ matters in the Supreme Court are the reasons why many cases are still pending for years at the Apex Court, adding that ‘Justice Delayed is Justice Denied’.

Speaking further on unbundling the Supreme Court, Keyamo said if he is made the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), he will ensure that the courts in Abuja will only tend to constitutional issues, political matters, and election disputes that have to do with the interpretation of the constitution because, at that point, the nation will need the guidance of a central Supreme Court.

Delta APC Was Formed In My Parlour – Keyamo

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Festus Keyamo, says the chapter of the party in Delta State was formed at his house in Effurun.

He stated this while he was being screened as a ministerial nominee by members of the Senate on Friday in Abuja.

“I was a foundation member of the APC in Delta State,” Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) told the lawmakers.

He added, “The first major meeting held in Delta State, involving the national leaders that came, because we didn’t have a government, it is a PDP state and we didn’t have a government; that meeting was held in my house in Effurun, in my parlour.

“So, I can say APC was formed in my house in Delta State. It is not a surprise that I’m standing here today as a nominee of the APC for Delta State.”

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Delta APC Was Formed In My Parlour – Keyamo

Keyamo said that he joined politics because of the need to be part of the group that would fix the numerous challenges facing the nation.

He was of the opinion that getting results for recommendations aimed at addressing the major issues in the country was hasty than being on the other side.

For the senior lawyer, “It is a natural inclination of governments all over the world to see critics on the outside as enemies, so they take your views with a pinch of salt.”

He explained, “It was then I took a conscious decision some years ago to be part of a political process that could get us into power.

“That conscious decision I took was because I discovered that what you can be screaming on the outside for 10 years to achieve because you are breaming with all kinds of solution to our problems on the outside…, you can achieve that in 10 minutes when you are part of government and part of a political process.”

Keyamo is one of the 43 ministerial nominees whose names were forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate for confirmation.