Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Ministerial Screening: How it went with Audu Ogbe, Fayemi and Ogbonnaya

Audu Ogbe
Following the screening of former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, ex-Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one of the ministerial nominees, Chief Audu Ogbe, on Tuesday, advocated that Nigeria should immediately begin to invest more on the agricultural sector in order to provide jobs for the rising population, as well as boost investment opportunities

Audu Ogbe who was reacting to questions posed to him by Senators, decried the nation’s current economic reality.

Also, lamenting the nation’s current attendant population, as well as in the next 35 years, the former Minister said the future is bleak if nothing is done now.

Shortly after his reactions, Senators led by Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, asked him to take a bow.

Recall that Saraki’s father, the late Sola Saraki, was among the senators who screened Audu Ogbeh as a minister in 1979. Continue......

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu
As Audu Ogbe took a bow and left the floor of the red chamber, the first Executive Governor of Abia State, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu enters for his screening.

At the time of filing this report, Onu who was already entertaining thought-provoking questions from the Senators, was asked to also take a bow.
The Senate has concluded the screening of one of the 10 ministerial nominees, Senator Udo Udoma, in a mind-pulsating screening which lasted for about 15 minutes.

After answering some questions posed to him by the Senate President Bukola Saraki, in relation to the credentials contained in his submitted CV, the Senators began to yell bow and go.

Kayode Fayemi
Former Ekiti State Governor and ministerial nominee, Kayode Fayemi has identified particular problems bedeviling the education sector. He suggested that urgent solutions need to be taken to salvage the sector. He specifically identified the problems of career mismatch, unfavourable school curriculum and school admissions difficulties among others.

Describing himself as a teacher and researcher, Fayemi also said that only 10 percent gain admissions into the universities. He urged that national university systems respond to the educational challenges of the people, as well as having quality teachers to match the demands.

Defends how he governed Ekiti

* Says I never purchased a bed for N50m

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, debunked reports that he ran the economy of his state aground, while he served as governor.

Responding to a thought-provoking question asked him by Sen. Olusola Adeyeye (APC Osun Central) to clarify newspaper reports that he left Ekiti in debt, that he spent too much money on the Ekiti Govt House, Fayemi said they were all rumours, stating that the government house was built with just N2.5 billion.

The ex-governor said being one of the youngest states in Nigeria, the magnificent Government House he saw in Akwa Ibom, when he visited former Governor Godswill Akpabio, enticed him to embark on the Ekiti State Government House.

Fayemi added that the controversial N50 million bed in the government house wasn’t purchased at that price.

According to him, none of the beds in the government house cost above N1.5 million.


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