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I’m Sorry — Keyamo Apologises To Senate

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The immediate past Minister of State for Labour and Employment and a ministerial nominee, Festus Keyamo, SAN, on Monday, 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 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 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 moved into a closed-door session before order was restored to the Red Chamber.

Akpabio immediately after the closed-door session visited the Villa.

However, when the plenary resumed session, three hours after, Keyamo apologised to the lawmakers.

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Tinubu Appoints Tanimu Yakubu As DG, Budget Office

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– Tinubu appoints new Budget Office DG
– Tanimu Yakubu replaces Ben Akabueze
– Yakubu is an accomplished economist

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appointed Tanimu Yakubu as the new Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation, following the expiration of Ben Akabueze’s tenure.

Yakubu brings a wealth of experience to the role, having served as Chief Economic Adviser to a former President and Managing Director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria.

The new Budget Office DG holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Wagner College, New York.

President Tinubu has expressed his gratitude to the outgoing DG, Ben Akabueze, for his services and wishes him success in his future endeavors.

The President expects Yakubu to enhance the provision of efficient and qualitative budget functions, promoting fiscal sustainability and transparency in public finance management.

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Has Officially Emerged As The New Chairman Of South West Governor’s Forum

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His Excellency Babajide Sanwo-Olu
– Sanwo-Olu elected Chairman of South West Governors’ Forum
– Forum resolves to support South West Development Commission Bill
– Calls for establishment of State Police and improved security collaboration

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has taken the reins as Chairman of the South West Governors’ Forum, following a meeting in Lagos on Monday.

Previously, the late Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, held the position until his passing on December 27, 2023.

Sanwo-Olu’s election marks a new chapter for the forum, which seeks to enhance regional cooperation and development.

According to Sanwo-Olu, “We are grateful to the House of Representatives and South West Caucus for their efforts on the South West Development Commission Bill and urge the Senate to expedite its passage.”

The forum also commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road project and advocated for further road rehabilitation by the Federal Government.

On security, the governors expressed satisfaction with the current peace in the region and emphasized the need for State Police and enhanced collaboration between security agencies and Amotekun Corps.

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