Saraki Receives 2nd Batch Of Ministerial List

Senate President, Olubukola Saraki on Monday, confirmed  the arrival of the 2nd batch of the ministerial list on his official Twitter handle.

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Ministerial List: Kachikwu’s Appointment Will Enhance NNPC Reform- NDF

A non-governmental organisation, Niger Delta Frontiers (NDF) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for choosing the current group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, as one of his ministers, saying such appointment is a good omen for the petroleum industry.

A statement signed by the group’s chairman, Austin Egbema, in Abuja yesterday, said the President’s choice of Kachikwu will move the industry forward, saying that the sector has never had it so good.

“Before now, the petroleum industry was in a mess fraught with sharp practices. But now sanity has been restored in the sector since the inception of this administration.

“Therefore if a thoroughbred professional like Mr Ibe Kachikwu is appointed minister of state for petroleum resources, then better times are here for Nigerians. And we believe the President will certainly put a square peg in a square hole,” Egbama said.

NDF added that the NNPC GMD has the requisite capacity and experience to provide the needed services under President Buhari’s watch in order to return Nigeria to the old glorious days…”

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2015 Ministerial Nominees announced, view #TheList here

List of Ministerial Nominees As Unveiled by President of the Senate Bukola Saraki today at Senate Plenary.

Chris Ngige – Anambra 

Kayode Fayemi- Ekiti

Rotimi Amaechi – Rivers 

Babatunde Fashola -Lagos 

Abdulrahman Danbazau

Aisha Alhassan – Taraba 

Ogbonaya Onu- Abia 

Kemi Adeosun -Ogun 

Abubakar Malami (SAN) -Kebbi 

Sen Hadi Sirika –Katsina

Barr. Adebayo Shittu -Oyo 

Suleiman Adam -Jigawa 

Solomon Dalong -Plateau 

Ibe Kachikwu -Delta 

Osagie Ehanire -Edo 

Audu Ogbeh – Benue

Lai Mohammed -Kwara 

Ahmed Isa Ibeto -Niger 

Amina Mohammed – Kaduna

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Why I Sent Ministerial List Late- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari explained this morning why he eventually sent the list of the first batch of his ministerial nominees to the National Assembly for the Senate late yesterday.

According to him, the procedure for handing over to his government by the immediate past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan contributed to the delay in the appointment of cabinet members.

Buhari who made this explanation in a nationwide address broadcast live on national television and radio station at 7am this morning noted that he was not unaware of the anxiety and heat generated both home and abroad by the delay in appointing his ministers.

He also hinted that he was yet to complete the nomination of ministers, saying he would forward additional names to the Senate for confirmation in due course.

“Anyway, the wait is over. The first set of names for ministerial nominees for confirmation has been sent to the Senate. Subsequent lists will be forwarded in due course. Impatience is not a virtue,” the president stated.

Explaining the delay in ministerial appointments, President Buhari restated that his administration inherited a plethora of problems that are urgently seeking to be quickly addressed if the country must move forward in terms of growth and development.

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Saraki officially receives Buhari’s ministerial list (Photos)

Senate President Bukola Saraki has confirmed receiving President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list at about 5pm, a few hours after the Senate’s plenary session closed on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

The list was delivered by the chief of staff to President Buhari, Mr. Babachir Lawal and special advisor on National Assembly (Senate) to the President.

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Taking to his official Facebook and Twitter accounts, Dr Bukola Saraki wrote:

“About an hour ago, I received the list of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees from the Chief of Staff to Mr. President, Abba Kyari, and the Special Adviser to Mr. President on National Assembly (Senate) Sen. Ita Enang.”

 

 

Why We Won’t Talk On Ministerial List, Saraki’s Trial- APC

As President Muhammadu Buhari’s much-awaited ministerial list is being expected any moment from now, his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has maintained a sealed lip regarding its inputs even as it insisted that it will not comment on the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

The position of the party was announced by the APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, while addressing journalists shortly after an emergency meeting of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) at its national headquarters in Abuja, yesterday.

When asked to explain the party’s contributions to the list of ministers, Oyegun said: “We know that the president will do what he needs to do. What happen or did not happen between us and the President is a matter for the party as a family. It is a family affair, but he will do what he needs to do, when he needs to do it. You can trust him on that.”

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Buhari’s Aide Departs New York With Ministerial List

In his bid to fulfil the promise to make his ministers known by the end of September, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday handed over the list of his ministerial nominees to his special adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang.

A top Presidency source who is a member of the president’s entourage to the ongoing 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly reliably told our correspondent that the presidential aide departed J. F. Kennedy International Airport in New York last night so as to get to Nigeria and deliver the list to the National Assembly before the promised date.

The source said further that the president who is presently in New York had already briefed the Senate president, Senator Bukola Saraki, on the development, stressing that Ita Enang is expected to hand over the list to either the Senate president today at the resumption of the plenary or tomorrow depending on the mood of the upper legislative chamber.

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Ministerial List: PDP Accuses Buhari Of Preferring Monocracy

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of harbouring a premeditated plot to operate a monocracy, hence his continued reluctance to appoint ministers of his administration.

The pray said the president is increasingly moving the country from a democracy to an autocracy and attempting to impose a sole administratorship in all spheres of the polity.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, while addressing journalists yesterday in Abuja, also took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration for skipping an important event on Boko Haram at the United Nations General Assembly, accusing the federal government of gross insensitivity to the plight of the long suffering victims of the insurgency in the country.

According to the party, the president’s disdain for ministers could be seen from his recent outburst, where he described ministers as “noise makers.”

He said: “From his hesitation and comments, it is deducible that President Buhari never intended to appoint ministers but prefers to run a monocracy, and evidently does not value or respect those he would nominate as ministers.”

Metuh lamented that the last 120 days under the APC, has witnessed continued deterioration from a democracy to an autocracy, and attempts  to impose a sole administratorship in all spheres of the polity, with its attendant consequences and embarrassments to the president and national image…”

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Adesina Reveals When Ministerial List Will Be Announced

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina, on Sunday said the President may release his ministerial list before the month runs out; that is not later than Wednesday.

Mr Adesina, who spoke with Channels Television on Sunday, also said that President Buhari will meet with the Presidents of US, China, Senegal and the British Prime Minister among others on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

“Today (Sunday), the President will have high level meeting with global leaders and there will be bilateral meeting with the President of China, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, Senegal and Prime Minister of Sweden.

“President Buhari will also attend a meeting on climate change which will be hosted by the UN Secretary General, Ban-ki Moon.

“Later in the evening, the ‘Champions of the Earth 2015 Awards’ will also hold which is to honour exemplary actions and leadership in the area of sustainable development in climate change.

” Something that has been noticed through the speeches of President Buhari is the zeal to build international coalition and partnerships for sustainable development.

” The President will address the General Assembly on Monday and most likely speak on the challenges of insurgency in the West African region”, he said.

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President Buhari Set To Release Ministerial List Soon- APC

All Progressives Congress(APC) has commended Nigerians for their patience and perseverance over the delay in the appointments of ministers,saying that the list would be released soon.

National publicity secretary of the party, Alh Lai Mohammed speaking with journalists at Oro, in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, Thursday at the 9th annual Ramadan lecture also admitted that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would have fared better had the ministerial appointments been made before now.

Lai Mohammed however explained that the delay was basically caused by the transference ?of government from one political party to the other.

He recalled that? when transition in government took place within the then ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), ministerial appointments were usually made two weeks after inauguration.

?According to him, “The concern of Nigerians over the delay in the release of ministerial appointments is genuine. But the fact is that this is the first time in the history of Nigeria that the opposition party will take over government from the ruling party.”

“Our plan was to interface and interact with the outgoing government, but it didn’t just work out so  the party set up transition committee which later presented 800 pages handover documents to  Mr. President”

“So, in this kind of situation we found ourselves, we have to be thorough in making appointments ?because Nigerians expectations are very high and it’s understandable. So, in a couple of days the ministerial cabinet list would be made available and it would be a thing of the past”

Continuing, he said “We might be slow, but in reality when we make the right appointments, we will make up for all the shortcoming Nigerians have been complaining about”.

He also decried the comment of the opposition PDP on the performance of President Buhari’s 30 days in office, saying, “the PDP is just revelling in its new found role of opposition, they are entertaining themselves and Nigerians”

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Senate Will Reconvene To Consider Ministerial List- Saraki

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has assured that members of the Red Chamber will reconvene  any time before the adjourned date to consider any matter of urgent national importance or to attend to any national assignment requiring its attention, especially the nomination of ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He made this clarification in a statement released by his media team.

“The adjournment of Senate’s plenary to July 21, 2015, was meant to give the Senate Ad-Hoc Committees on Legislative Agenda and Review of the Senate’s Finances time to conclude their work and submit their reports. The two committees were given one-week to submit their reports. However, the Senate assured that it will reconvene at any time before the adjourned date to consider any matter of urgent national importance or to attend to any national assignment requiring its attention,” the statement reads.

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Steer Clear Of My Ministerial List, Buhari To Govs.

An early minute brow between President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari and governors elected on the platform on the All Progressives Congress may be in the offing as Buhari has asked the governors to steer clear of his ministerial list.

Vanguard gathered that Buhari is contemplating a system operated in the second republic during the era of National Party of Nigeria, NPN, where appointment of ministers was done by the national secretariat of the party and not by the governors.

A source at the National Headquarters of the APC Monday said that Buhari had directed the leadership of the party to pass the message of non interference to the governors.

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Report Leaks Buhari’s Ministerial List

About five weeks to the inauguration of the General Muhammadu Buhari government, the shape of the new cabinet is beginning to emerge. Daily Sun gathered that the next Federal Executive Council may be composed of Nigerians who are not only driven by the desire to restore the dream of the founding fathers but also share the modest lifestyle of the incoming president.

Resolved to work with the best, it was learnt that the president-elect is considering the likes of former ministers of petroluem and finance, Prof Tam David-West and Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu. Others are former president of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu; former minister of sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, presidential aspirant of APC, Mr. Sam Ndah-Isaiah and Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola.

It was gathered that while the President-elect is not going to stand against the APC that won him the Presidency, he has resolved to pick technocrats and those he trusts to run his most important ministries.

Towards this end, a source close to the president-elect and who had been privy to meetings being held, revealed: “It’s the President-elect’s personal wish to return former Nigeria’s oil Minister, David West to the Petroleum Ministry.”

According to him, David West is incorruptible, frugal, and loyal even in trying times.

The source also revealed that while a lot of qualified technocrats are being bandied about and their names forwarded by party chiefs and lobbyists for the minister of finance, the inner circle of the President-elect is leaning toward the expertise of Dr. Idika Kalu, a World Bank specialist consultant, who, for many years, worked with the bank’s various development programmes catapulting the Korean economy from the third world into its present competitive global market.

Moreover, explained the source, it was Idika Kalu who, in 2005, openly opposed the Paris debt relief as canvassed by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration. In an essay in the Washington based AMERICA Mi DREAM Magazine, the financial guru argued:

“What Nigerian authorities have in fact, opted to do is a rather expensive debt refinancing. More bluntly, our first option in dealing with our enhanced revenue cannot be for a ‘debt exit treatment,’ but rather, for the further growth and development of the Nigerian economy. This is the sustainable way of helping Nigeria’s fight against poverty, which the Paris club clearly subscribes to.”

In recognising the leaning of the caucus to Idika kalu, the source believes that the President-elect, as in the case of David West, wants Idika Kalu in the ministry of finance. However, position of the coordinating minister of the economy will be scrapped, while there will be an economic advisory committee.

For the ministry of sports, Abdulahi, Nigeria’s former Minister of Sports, may return. He had resigned as minister in Goodluck Jonathan’ government, owing to his leaning towards the new PDP, the faction of the PDP, which his mentor, Senator Bukola Saraki and five governors had formed.

Fashola and Akeredolu, it was learnt, are being considered as ministers of the Federal Capital Territory and Justice, respectively.

On security, it was gathered that Buhari is considering one General Garba as Defence Minister, National Security Adviser (NSA) or Chief of Staff.

General Cyril Iweze, a then young Igbo officer who served directly under Buhari in the First Division before the Nigeria Civil War, may lead the operation against Boko Haram.

General Iweze was the Nigerian Commander of ECOMOG in Liberia. He’s reputed to have given the Maitatsene sect hell in the defunct Gongola State.

The source revealed that General Buhari may constitute a Special Force made of serving officers and retired officers, who would be given a mandate to finish up the Boko Haram insurgency.

Nda Isaiah, publisher of Leadership Newspaper, who is noted for his ‘Big Ideas’ when he contested for APC presidential ticket, it was gathered my be minister of education.

Meanwhile, it was equally learnt that appointments in the Buhari government would be subjected to public asset declaration. Sources revealed that the president-elect would not have those whose assets run into billions in his government, as he wants to wage serious war against corruption.

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APC Set To Approve Buhari’s Ministerial List

The All Progressives Congress (APC) will have to approves the list of ministers to be appointed into the Federal Executive Council (FEC) before presentation to the National Assembly. The party with the proposed approval seeks to restore its supremacy in the running of the affairs of the country.

The party is trying to avoid the pitfalls which led to the collapse of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). A prominent northern leader of the party, who disclosed this, said the party would not allow personal interests of individuals take  precedence over the general interest of the party and the people.

He noted that under the APC government, there is no way the First Lady would have the freedom to interfere in the party affairs to the level of dictating who got nominated and who did not.

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