There was a mild drama in the Senate on Monday as lawmakers disagreed over the screening of Festus Keyamo as a ministerial nominee.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that some lawmakers had taken offence over the refusal of Keyamo, who was the Minister of State for Labour and Employment during the former President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), administration, to honour invites by various committees in the 9th National Assembly.
The Senator representing Abia-South Senatorial District, Enyinnaya Abaribe, had called on Senate President Godswill Akpabio to suspend Keyamo’s screening until he acknowledges to the Red Chambers that they have the power to summon and question any Minister and his/her Ministry.
The Senate could not decide on the next action to take, which led to a rowdy Session.
After the situation became calm, Senate Leader Opeyemi Bamidele called for the extension of the Senate sitting time and for the upper legislative Chambers to move into a closed-door session.