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Nigeria President: Buhari’s Ministerial List Day 4 Screening Update

The Senate on Wednesday, July 24, commenced the screening of the 43 ministerial nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, July 23, for confirmation. So far the Senate has screened 31 of the 43 ministerial nominees. 10 of the nominees were screened on Wednesday, July 24, 14 screened on Thursday, July 25, while 7 were screened on Friday, July 26, 2019.

Some of the nominees already screened are:

Sen. Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo),

Abubakar Aliyu (Yobe),

Mustapha Shehuri (Borno),

Retired Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (Kano),

Zuibaru Dada (Niger)

Timipre Slyva (Bayelsa).

Others are:

Ramatu Aliyu (Kogi),

Niyi Adebayo (Ekiti),

Mohammed Abdullahi (Nassarawa),

Sunday Dare (Oyo),

Muhammadu Bello (Adamawa),

Sen. Chris Ngige (Anambra)

Sadiya Umar-Farouk (Zamfara),

Abubakar Malami (Kebbi),

Sen. Hadi Sirika (Katsina),

Dr Osagie Ehanire (Edo),

Pauline Tallen (Plateau)

Muhammdu Dingyadi (Sokoto),

Festus Keyamo (Delta)

Dr Ali Pantami (Gombe).

Nine other nominees would appear before the Senate on Monday, July 29,2019 by 10am. They include the following:

Sen. Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara) ,

Babatunde Fasola (Lagos),

Rauf Aregbesola (Osun)

Geoffrey Onyema (Enugu).

Maryam Katagum (Bauchi),

Mohammed Mahmod (Kaduna),

Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa)

Goddy Jeddy-Agba (Cross River)

Clement Agba (Edo).

The Senate at 10:40am resumed ministerial screening. 10:41 AM with Ministerial nominee Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State. Fashola is the former minister of power, works, and housing and former governor of Lagos state. “We left the ministry much better than we met it” – Says: Fashola.

Fashola highlighting his achievements in the ministry. During my first term as minister of power, we recovered 720 containers of electricity equipment abandoned at ports “In our closing report,there was no state that were not executing a federal project,” Fashola says. He said at the time he left office, his ministry was working on roads in 14 universities “We also had roads that decongested and led to ports.” Fashola concludes his remarks as Senators now take turns to ask him questions Our resources are not enough to take care of our expenditures, Fashola says as he answers questions on why some key roads have not been rehabilitated. He says lack of enough funds forces the ministry to prioritise some roads/projects over others. Asnwering questions on power, Fashola says states are empowered by the law to generate and distribute power. “Since privatisation occurred, the ministry of power ceased to be a major player in the sector. We only deal with regulatory issues now” – Fashola.

Senator Rochas Okorocha, representing Imo west, says Fashola is having grey hair because the three ministries he handled in the first term were too large for one person. Okorocha asks: “How much is required to tackle the issue of power?” To stop the problem of incomplete (road) projects, Fashola advises lawmakers to collectively adopt priority projects to ensure swift delivery of the projects. “There can be times when we won’t have any new capital projects in the budgets so we can concentrate on the ones on ground. We can’t do all we want at once.” Speaking on procurement, Fashola says: Our procurement laws is not compatible with the speed with which we want projects to be executed. “The way our procurement law is enacted, it is the big contractors that can make the most money. Our law is holding us back.” Elisha Abbo, senator representing Adamawa north, asking his question, alleges that with the exception of Maiduguri, the northern region is excluded from the national railway project. “I am not responsible for the rail project. It was under the ministry of transportation,” Fashola replies Abbo. After minutes of questioning, Senator Adeola Yayi, representing Lagos west, requests that Fashola be allowed to take a bow. Senate president Ahmad Lawan allows Fashola to take a bow and leave the National Assembly.

At 12:24 PM Ministerial nominee from Kaduna state: Muhammed Mahmoud The ministerial nominee from Kaduna state, Muhammed Mahmoud, appears before the Senate. He talks about his educational experience, professional achievements as an environmentalists, public servants and his foray into politics. As a former member of Kaduna House of Assembly, Mahmoud is asked to take a bow and go without questioning. Meanwhile, the former governor of Osun state who is also a ministerial nominee, Rauf Aregbesola, has just arrived the National Assembly.

At 12:44 PM Ministerial nominee from Kwara: Gbemisola Saraki Senator Gbemisola Ruqayat Saraki appears before the Senate for ministerial screening. She will be asked to take a bow and go as a former member of the House of Representatives and a senator. Also, the Senate has not been questioning female ministerial nominee. Gbemisola addressing the Senate. She has been asked to take a bow and leave after her brief speech. 12:57 PM Senate suspends screening till 2pm and will resume at 2pm to continue. Six nominees are still left on the list of those to be screened today.

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