‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja



DAILY COURIER – The outgoing Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo says it is an aberration to appoint a Minister of State.


He stated this while making a speech during a valedictory session chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.


Citing some portions of the constitution, Keyamo, however, noted that his observation was not out of ingratitude but as his contribution to the nation’s constitutional development as a relatively young democracy and to aid future governments to optimise the performance of those they appoint as ministers.


He explained in a lengthy speech made available to the press that it is difficult to assess the individual performances of the Ministers of State since their discretion were shackled with the discretion of the Ministers as any original ideas developed by a Minister of State are subject to clearance by another colleague in cabinet before they can sail through for consideration by Council.


The President at the event directed the ministers to tidy up their work and avoid last-minute rush that could compromise the good deeds they had done over the years.