Thursday, 15 October 2015

A brief summary of #MinisterialScreening + How Fashola, Kachikwu and Adeosun stole the show.


FORMER Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and Mrs Kemi Adeosun were clearly the star attractions at the screening of ministerial nominees, yesterday, as the Senate cleared 18 nominees for ministerial appointment.

Fashola’s suggestions on state police, review of the Abuja Master plan and apology to the Igbo over the deportation of some Igbo residents of Lagos during his second term marked one of the major highlights of yesterday’s screening of the nominees.

So also were Kachikwu’s comments on the oil industry and Adeosun’s remarks on the economy, devaluation of the Naira and Treasury Single Account, TSA, foreign direct investment and how to improve Nigeria’s alternative sources of revenue.

Their robust comments paved the way for the approval and confirmation of 18 of the 36 nominees for appointments as ministers after two days of screening. President Muhammadu Buhari had first sent a list of 21 names. He later sent a list containing 16 names, from which he yesterday withdrew the name of former Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Isa Ibeto.

MINISTERIAL SCREENING—From left, Former Governor of Lagos State and ministerial nominee, Babatunde Fashola; Taofeek Adaranijo; Majority Leader, House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila; Ismaila Kawu, shortly after screening of Fashola in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

Those Screened by the Senate
1.Udoma Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom) 2.Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) 3.Audu Ogbeh (Benue) 4.Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi) 5.Osagie Ehanire(Edo) 6.Abdulrahman Dambazau (Kano) 7.Lai Mohammed(Kwara) 8.Amina Ibrahim Mohammed (Gombe) 9.Suleiman Hussaini Adamu (Jigawa) 10.Ibrahim Usman Jibril (Nasarawa) 11.Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos) 12.Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu (Delta) 13.Abubakar Malami, SAN (Kebbi) 14.Chris Nwabueze Ngige (Anambra) 15.Aisha Jummai Alhassan (Taraba) 16.Solomon Dalong (Plateau) 17.Kemi Adeosun(Ogun) 18.Hadi Sirika (Katsina).

Ministers awaiting swearing-in, assignment

Those screened, cleared and confirmed by the Senators as full time ministers to be assigned portfolios by the President were Senator Udoma Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom); Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Chief Audu Ogbeh (Benue); Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi); Dr. Osagie Ehanire (Edo); Lt.Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau (Kano); Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Kwara); Hajia Amina Ibrahim Mohammed (Gombe); Engr. Suleiman Hussaini Adamu (Jigawa); and Ibrahim Usman Jibril (Nasarawa).

Also cleared and confirmed as ministers were former governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola; Group Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu (Delta); Abubakar Malami, SAN (Kebbi); Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige (Anambra); Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan (Taraba); Barrister Solomon Dalong (Plateau); Mrs Kemi Adeosun (Ogun); and Senator Hadi Sirika (Katsina).

After yesterday’s screening exercise which started at 11.48am and ended at 5.10pm, Senate President Bukola Saraki called for a voice vote to approve and confirm the nominees.

Those Awaiting Screening
Rotimi Amaechi, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, Bukar Ibrahim, Cladius Omoleye Daramola, Prof Anthony Onwuka, Geoffrey Onyema, Dan Ali, Barr James Ocholi, Zainab Ahmed, Okechukwu Enelamah, Muhammadu Bello, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, Aisha Abubakar, Heineken Lokpobiri, Adamu Adamu, Isaac Adewole, Abubakar Bawa and Pastor Usani Uguru.

Ministerial screening continues today.

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