Senate confirms 18 ministerial nominees. Ameachi, Shittu yet to be screened. Out of 21 names submitted to the Senate, 18 were screened and confirmed. Ibeto was withdrawn
The screening of ministerial nominees into the Federal Executive Council enters day two on Wednesday.
Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday announced the final batch of ministerial nominees sent to the upper chamber, just as the Senate also commenced the screening of 10 of the 21 ministerial nominees sent on September 30 by President Muhammadu Buhari. 9 more nominees were screened Wednesday.
The nominees already screened and confirmed are:
1. Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma(A-Ibom)
2. Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti)
3. Chief Audu Ogbeh (Benue)
4. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi)
5. Dr. Osagie Ehanire (Edo)
6. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau(Kano)
7. Alhaji Lai Mohammed(Kwara)
8. Amina Ibrahim Mohammed(Gombe)
9. Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu (Jigawa)
10. Ibrahim Usman Jibril(Nasarawa)
11. Babatunde Raji Fashola
12. Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu
13. Abubakar Malami,SAN
14. Dr (Sen.) Chris Nwabueze Ngige
15. Sem. Aisha Jummai Alhassan
16. Barrister Solomon Dalong
17. Mrs Kemi Adeosun
18. Sen. Hadi Sirika
Those screened yesterday are Senator Udoma Udo-Udoma (Akwa Ibom State), former Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, Chief Audu Ogbeh (Benue), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi), Dr. Osagie Ehanire (Edo), Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau (Kano), Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Kwara), Mrs. Amina Ibrahim Mohammed (Gombe), Suleiman Adamu and Ibrahim Jibrin.
Then Senate on Wednesday screened 10 ministerial nominees, including former Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), his Rivers State counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi, Dr. Chris Ngige, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Abubakar Malami (SAN), Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan, Barr. Solomon Dalong, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Senator Hadi Sirika and Barr. Adebayo Shittu.
Anwering questions put to him by Senators, the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigeria National Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is insisting on putting necessary palliatives in place before any talk of oil subsidy removal.
Kachikwu, who is a ministerial nominee from Delta State, stated this during the screening of ministerial nominees by the Senate on Wednesday.
He noted that if any person from the private sector is asked whether there is need for the removal of oil subsidy, the categorical answer would be yes.
The nominee noted that when the issue came up before President Buhari, he was particularly concerned about the provision of necessary palliatives especially in the areas of transport, health and education.
Kachikwu also said he agreed with the President that unless necessary palliatives are put in place “you cannot just remove subsidy.”
On being screened, former Lagos State Governor once again cleared the air over the controversial N78 million spent for the upgrade of the website – www.tundefashola.com under his watch as governor in the state.
The former governor, who indirectly addressed the issue after the question, ”Did you really open a Website with 78Million Naira?” was raised by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe at the senate while he, Fashola was undergoing screening as a ministerial nominee at the senate chambers said he doesn’t sign checks or award contracts.
He added, “I don’t fix contract prices, it is an institutional process. The only training I have is that of a lawyer, But in order to execute works on a project we need the input of architect, quantity surveyors, structural engineer and we have consulting ministries; For civil works it is the Ministry of Works, for science it is the Ministry of Science and Technology among others.
Now periodically, they do market surveys with the Ministry of Economic Planning , the Statisticians are there to fix prices from biro to Iron rod to cement and it is approved and becomes the benchmark price of government procurements, nobody can award any other contract over that benchmark.”
The unfortunate thing about money is that it often raises suspicions even among brothers. Nobody have alleged that I have corruptly enriched myself, I could not be the master of computers and technology, I need something to do my work. or award contracts.
For her part, Kemi Adeosun stated that:
– Non-oil sector is growing.
-We must implement strategies to improve IGR
-Identify sources of revenue leakages and plug them
-We must stimulate our economy
-Set aggressive targets to plug revenue leakages
-TSA reduces borrowing capacity.
-TSA improves visibility of revenue.
– We need FID to create employment.
-Nigeria a huge consumer market.
– In 2005, Ogun was ranked 35th out of 36 in worst states to do business.
-We cannot continue to spend 78% of our budget on recurrent expenditure.
-We need to look for other sources of funding.
Senate has confirmed 18 ministerial nominee, just as the lawmakers postponed the screening of Rotimi Ameachi and Barrister Bayo shitu.
But, the nomination of Musa Ibeto was withdrawn by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Responding to questions during the screening, Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, after over an hour’s drilling before the Senate has disclosed that Nigeria losses billions yearly due to the absence of Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB.
He clarified that this would not have been the case if investors had not been exposed to the uncertainties surrounding the passage of the bill.
Kachikwu also revealed that he told himself at the time of taking up the NNPC plum job that he will not allow himself to be constrained by the absence of the PIB in carrying out what needs to be done in the sector.