‘We’ve full confidence in him’ — Niger Delta group hails Keyamo’s ministerial nomination


The Niger Delta oil and gas professionals have applauded the nomination of Festus Keyamo, former minister of state for labour and employment, by President Bola Tinubu as a minister-designate.


 Tinubu had added Keyamo and Mariya Mahmoud to the list of ministerial nominees sent to the senate for screening and confirmation on Friday after withdrawing the name of Maryam Shetty who was nominated from Kano.


The fresh list of 19 names came six days after the president had forwarded a list of 28 nominees to the parliament.


In a statement on Sunday, Soki Etebu, leader of the oil and gas professionals, said Tinubu’s actions have proved that he is a man of honour.


Etebu said Keyamo represents progressiveness and determination while expressing happiness that the nominee will be part of an administration that is aiming to improve the lives of Nigerians.


Etebu said he hoped that Keyamo would be appointed as the minister of petroleum, which he said would be a fulfilment of the president’s promise to Niger Delta agitators to appoint someone from the region to oversee the crude oil ministry.


“Festus Keyamo is best suited for this job; he has a solid background in law, he is from the Niger Delta, he has fought for the people of the region and has the composure to bring about growth and progress in the sector,” the statement reads.


 “He is well informed and deepened enough to carry out reforms and unbundling of the sector and see to the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act, amongst others.


“We have full confidence in Keyamo; he is industrious, determined, knowledgeable and ready to perform in the ministry. We urge the senate to cooperate with President Tinubu to screen him soonest.”

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