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Ministerial Screening: Fashola, Kachikwu, Others Dazzle in the Senate

The ministerial screening in the Senate got more interesting as senators constructively engaged thesenate screens ministers ministerial nominees who dazzled in their presentations.

The first to mount the rostrum today was the immediate past governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola who tasked leaders to add value to governance and serve with integrity. He told the senate that he neither sat in tenders board nor signed cheques, rather worked with commissioners who created value in governance.

Fielding questions from senators, Mr. Babatunde Fashola reaffirmed that the primary business and duty of government is to protect lives and property and implored government to minimize involvement in litigations to limit judgment debts which affects government revenues as well as evolution of workable, innovative and lawful strategies and means of recovering stolen monies.

He tendered public apology to Nigerians over deportation of Nigerians from Lagos to the South East in the interest of national cohesion and stressed that the freedom of movement in a federation carries responsibilities. He said Nigeria cannot develop without borrowing with a caveat that borrowing must be for infrastructural development.

Mr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu acquitted his nomination creditably before the senators as he assured the senate that appearing before the senate on summons was a deal as he had already evolved a robust information and communication on strategy within the NNPC where he is the Group Managing Director (GMD). He is a nominee from Delta State and a Harvard university graduate. He assured the senate of creative ability to navigate the complications of bureaucracy having rationalized the top management cadre of the corporation.

He claimed Nigeria loses up to $15 billion per annum for lack of Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, but promised a revised PIB to factor present day realities. Mr. Kachikwu said the panacea for incessant PMS scarcity and kerosene is working refineries and disclosed that Port Harcourt refinery is currently producing at 70% installed capacity and could hit 80% by November, 2015 which became possible through Turn Around Maintenance (TAM), carried out by indigenous engineers as achievement under him in the past few months of his appointment.

Senator Chris Nwabueze Ngige and Senator Aisha Alhassan representing Anambra and Taraba States respectively also took turns to introduce themselves to the senators before taking a bow.

Others who defended their nominations today include Abubakar Malami, Solomon Dalong, Kemi Adeosun and Senator Hadi Srika.

In all, the Senate confirmed 18 nominees including Udo Udoma, Kayode Fayemi, Audu Ogbeh, Christopher Ogbonnaya Onu, Osagie Ehanire, Abdulrahman Danbazzau, Lai Mohammed, Suleiman Adamu, and Ibrahim Usman Jibril.

Screening continues on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

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