Activist lawyer Festus Keyamo (SAN) has been redeployed to the Ministry of Labour and Employment as Minister of State.
He is to swap position with the erstwhile Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, who moves to the Ministry of State for Niger Delta Affairs.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, announced the redeployment in a circular marked “Ref.SGF.12/S.6/XII/219” and dated 23rd September, 2019.
The document reads, “I write to convey the approval of His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for your redeployment from the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, as Minister of State with effect from Tuesday, 24th September, 2019.
“Please accept the assurances of my warm regards.”
Announcing the redeployment via his Twitter @fkeyamo, Keyamo said, “ON THE MOVE AGAIN: TWO PORTFOLIOS IN TWO MONTHS! Just been redeployed to the Ministry of Labour and Employment to work with my long-time big brother, H.E, Chris Ngige. Thank you, Mr. President for finding me versatile enough to move around. Always ready to serve in any capacity.”
A statement by the Director of Information in the Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey confirmed the move.
Bassey said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the swap.
According to him: “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate redeployment of two Ministers of State as follows.
“Mr Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs is to move to Ministry of Labour and Employment as Minister of State,
“Senator Tayo Alasoadura is to move to Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs as Minister of State. This redeployment takes effect from today, Tuesday 24th September, 2019.”
Keyamo represents Delta State in the cabinet, while Alasoadura represents Ondo State. Both states are oil producing states.
See the circular below: