Connect with us


Festus Keyamo’s Turbulent Screening Session, A Lesson For All

Mr Keyamo had a tough time with members of the Senate when a Senator representing Abia Central Senatorial District…



WhatsApp Image 2023 08 08 at 11.23.20
Festus Keyamo

It was a rowdy session on Monday, August 7, 2023 on the floor of the Nigerian Senate during the screening of Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and a former junior Minister for Labour and Employment as one of the ministerial nominees sent by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Mr Keyamo had a tough time with members of the Senate when a Senator representing Abia Central Senatorial District, Darlington Nwokocha, moved a motion for the suspension of his screening.

The motion was seconded by another Senator, Eyinnaya Abaribe, from Abia-South Senatorial District.

The motion was put to a voice vote by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio which caused a frenzy atmosphere.


The douse the atmosphere, leader of the Senate, Bamidele Opeyemi intervened and asked for the Senate to go into an executive session after asking Keyamo to exit the floor and that he will be called on after the session.

DON’T MISS: UK Appoints Jonny Baxter Deputy High Commissioner In Lagos

This drama on Keyamo wouldn’t have played out if not for the way and manner he acted which in interpretation, he desecrated the Senate as an institution two years ago when he was invited by the senate committee members of the 9th Senate to defend the 7,774 job initiative across the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the country by the Federal Government during the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

According to the explanation by the two senators – Nwokocha and Abaribe, Keyamo accused members of the senate during his defence of trying to hijack the job programme from him.


To this, the senators found it disrespectful and an insult not only to members of the 9th but to the Senate as an institution also an arm of government as recognised by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Having laid out their grudge on Keyamo on Monday, the minister designate was left with no other option but to apologise and beg members of the Senate.

The apology was accepted and he was screened and confirmed as a minister nominee.

The two senators must be commended for calling Keyamo to order and again for reestablishing the powers of the Senate as an institution and also as organ of government.


This, also serve as a deterrent to who ever is to appear before the Senate must understand that the Senate as an institution is as powerful as the presidency

Stay ahead with VerseNews. Get the latest breaking news, insightful analysis, and trending stories. Your go-to source for timely updates and unbiased reporting.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

WATCH: Nigeria Newspaper Headline Today

Apply For Latest Job Openings


Emmanuel Amunike Emmanuel Amunike
Sports6 mins ago

Nigeria Football Federation Appoints Emmanuel Amunike As New Super Eagles Head Coach

Emmanuel Amunike, a former Super Eagles star, has been appointed as the new head coach of the Nigerian national football...

yahaya bello yahaya bello
Politics29 mins ago

BREAKING: Yahaya Bello Flees Nigeria To Reunite With Wife, Multi-Million Dollar Investments

Yahaya Bello reportedly leaves Nigeria to join his wife and manage multi-million dollar investments in a North African country.

Ondo Governorship Primary Ondo Governorship Primary
Politics3 hours ago

BREAKING: APC Declares Ondo Governorship Primary Election Inconclusive

The APC declared Ondo governorship primary inconclusive due to logistical challenges, prompting a rerun in Okitipupa LGA.

Fresh Demands Fresh Demands
News4 hours ago

Labour Issues Seven Fresh Demands To Tinubu’s Government

Labour presents a fresh demands to the government led by Bola Tinubu, totaling seven requests.

Cubana Chief Priest Advises Yahaya Bello Cubana Chief Priest Advises Yahaya Bello
Celebrity Gist2 days ago

‘No Need To Run’, Cubana Chief Priest Advises Yahaya Bello

Cubana Chief Priest advises Yahaya Bello to cooperate with the EFCC if summoned, sharing his own experience of being arraigned...

Nigeria Correctional Service Nigeria Correctional Service
Entertainment2 days ago

Nigeria Correctional Service Clarifies Bobrisky’s Relocation From Ikoyi Prison To Kirikiri

The Nigeria Correctional Service clarified that Bobrisky remains at Ikoyi Prison, denying rumors of his relocation to Kirikiri Prison.

engagement farming engagement farming
Tech2 days ago

Elon Musk Cracks Down On Engagement Farming On X, Threatens Suspension

Elon Musk has warned against engagement farming on the platform, threatening to suspend accounts that practice it.

NAFDAC Raids Sahad Stores NAFDAC Raids Sahad Stores
News2 days ago

NAFDAC Raids Sahad Stores And H-Medix In Abuja, Confiscates N50m Worth Fake Cosmetics, Drugs

NAFDAC Raids Sahad Stores in Abuja, seizing counterfeit cosmetics and drugs in a series of operations across various locations.

Tunde Onakoya Tunde Onakoya
Entertainment2 days ago

Guinness World Record: Davido Backs Nigerian Chess Master Tunde Onakoya in New York

Tunde Onakoya is receiving significant support, including from Afrobeat star Davido, as he attempts to break the Guinness World Record...

Yahaya Bello's Police Escort Yahaya Bello's Police Escort
News2 days ago

BREAKING: IGP Withdraws Yahaya Bello’s Police Escort

IGP orders withdrawal of Yahaya Bello's police escort, citing compliance with utmost importance.