Phrank Shaibu, an aide to Atiku Abubakar, has dared Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, to publish his assets declaration form.

Shaibu made the request after Keyamo said he purchased a home in the US legally. The value of the property is said to be over $300,000

In a statement on Sunday, Shaibu said the national assembly should also publish a report on a job scheme in the 774 LGAs of the country following the COVID-19 pandemic  — an initiative of the federal government overseen by Keyamo.

“With his open confession that he has acquired houses in the US, I hereby call on the National Assembly to publish its report on the failed project,” Shaibu said.

“I also call on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to immediately probe the finances of Festus Keyamo, who only became a senior advocate two years before becoming a minister.

“It is public record that Keyamo was an activist and a prosecutor for the EFCC, doing mostly pro bono cases before taking public office. However, he now boasts of being a real estate mogul after becoming a minister. This is laughable and an insult to the sensibilities of Nigerians.

“In any case, Keyamo’s time as minister of state for labour and employment witnessed the highest level of unemployment, which KPMG says is about to hit 40 percent.

“Under Keyamo, universities also witnessed prolonged strikes, as ASUU proceeded on a 10 months strike in 2020 and eight months of industrial action in 2021. Keyamo clearly failed as a minister but grew wealthier in the process through his so-called real estate business. He thus needs to be investigated with immediate effect.

“Keyamo has one month left on his tenure as minister, which means he will need to declare his assets before the CCB next month. Let him make public his asset declaration forms, before and after office, to prove to Nigerians that he did not steal.”

The Cable


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