Paschal Emeka, Abuja
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has stated that he has been serving Nigeria with his personal resources since he was appointed.
Keyamo revealed that his ministry has not given him a car to discharge his duties since he was appointed minister.
In a statement he signed, the minister said his emergence as the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and presidential campaign council does not affect the discharge of his duties as minister.
The statement reads partly: “Being a director in a campaign council is like every other party activity. They want to deny me my fundamental human right to freedom of association because I am a minister.
“There is no conflict of interests. I fail to see any. Am I using public resources to campaign? Not at all. We have an APC campaign office and I have my well-furnished private chambers, better equipped than my minister’s office.
“Even the car I use for media interviews is not a ministry car. Since I became a minister, the ministry has not provided a single car for my personal use. I have been sacrificing for the nation with my personal cars and resources.
“This is now on record and my permanent secretary can attest to this. I grant interviews after my day’s work or at weekends or at break time.”
Keyamo said his work as campaign director was that of a volunteer.
“Campaign directors are volunteers, at least I am. We are not paid a single salary or allowance for our work, so the allegation of double privilege (whatever that means) is incorrect,” he added.