Day 3: Senate Resumes Ministerial Screening

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 29 – The Senate has resumed the screening of the remaining ministerial nominees today.

It would be recalled that the screening started on July 24, and so far 31 nominees had been screened and currently awaiting confirmation by the senate.

Those scheduled for the screening on Monday include Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Geofrey Onyema (Enugu State), Maryam Katagum (Bauchi State), Clement Agba (Edo) and Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa State).

11: 30: Former Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, Babatunde Fashola is the first to be grilled. He spoke at length about his strides in the three ministries he headed in Buhari’s first term.

Fashola: We undertook the power audit of 37 federal universities in Nigeria with a plan to intervene and strategically deploy independent power to Nigeria’s federal universities as our contribution to education development.”

Senator Okorocha: The three ministries are too large for one person. Look at my friend; he now has grey hair.

He also asked Fashola on how to get funding for the various projects in the power, works and housing sectors in the midst of scarcity of fund.

After a few questions, Fashola is asked to take a bow.

11: 50: Dr Mahmoud Mohammed is also asked to take a bow

12: 48: Mrs Gbemisola Saraki(Kwara) is on the spot. She takes a bow and leaves.

2: 30: Former Osun State governor Rauf Aregbesola is on the podium, he begins his opening remarks with prayers in Arabic language.

Senator Rochas Okorocha: The coming of Rauf Aregbesola into the federal executive council (FEC) is a blessing. He will talk if Mr President makes any mistake.

Okorocha pleads that Aregbesola be allowed to take a bow.

Senator Elisha Abbo says Aregbesola is a generous man. He donated to his campaign

Aregbesola: Rumours of owed salaries in Osun during my tenure was due to mischief and ignorance. – We came up with an approach that there is no month that any public official did not have a salary every month.

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