Cab­i­net: Se­nate to re­veal list Tues­day

...Buhari says the wait is over

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has fi­nally sent the first set of names of his min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees to the Se­nate for con­fir­ma­tion.

Pres­i­dent Buhari an­nounced this in his In­de­pen­dence An­niver­sary ad­dress to the na­tion this morn­ing. He said sub­se­quent lists would be for­warded to the Se­nate in due course.

The pres­i­dent noted that there had been a lot of anx­i­ety and im­pa­tience over the de­lay in the an­nounce­ment of his min­is­ters.

“Fel­low Nige­ri­ans.... There is no cause to be anx­ious. Our gov­ern­ment set out to do things me­thod­i­cally and prop­erly.

“We re­ceived the hand­ing over notes from the out­go­ing gov­ern­ment only four days

The list will not be made public un­til Tues­day dur­ing ple­nary

be­fore tak­ing over. “Con­se­quently, the Joda Tran­si­tion Com­mit­tee sub­mit­ted its Re­port on the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion of Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment struc­ture af­ter study­ing the hand over notes.

“It would have been hap­haz­ard to an­nounce min­is­ters when the gov­ern­ment had not fi­nal­ized the num­ber of min­istries to op­ti­mally carry the bur­den of gov­er­nance. “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. Or­der is more vi­tal than speed. Care­ful and de­lib­er­ate de­ci­sions af­ter con­sul­ta­tions get far bet­ter re­sults. And bet­ter re­sults for our coun­try is what the APC gov­ern­ment for CHANGE is all about”, Buhari said.

On the sig­nif­i­cance of to­day, he said Nige­ri­ans must celebrate the day what­ever the cir­cum­stances they find them­selves in be­cause it rep­re­sented the day of lib­er­a­tion from the shack­les of colo­nial­ism and be­gan our long march to na­tion­hood and to great­ness.

“Our Cre­ator has be­queathed to us Num­bers – Nige­ria is the ninth most pop­u­lated coun­try on the planet. We have in ad­di­tion: arable land,wa­ter, forests, oil and gas, coast­line, solid min­er­als”.

Buhari re­gret­ted that de­spite all the at­tributes of a great na­tion, Nige­ria was not there yet be­cause they lacked unity of pur­pose which could have led to the achieve­ment of con­ti­nu­ity and eco­nomic progress.

He, how­ever, stated that the fact that the na­tion had re­mained to­gether was an achieve­ment Nige­ri­ans should all ap­pre­ci­ate and try to con­sol­i­date.

The Pres­i­dent also noted that Nige­ria wit­nessed this year “a sea change” in her demo­cratic de­vel­op­ment, where an op­po­si­tion party re­placed an en­trenched gov­ern­ment in a free and fair elec­tion.

“What­ever one’s views are, Nige­ri­ans must thank for­mer Pres­i­dent Jonathan for not dig­ging-in in the face of de­feat and thereby sav­ing the coun­try un­told con­se­quences”.

“As I said in my inau­gu­ral speech, I bear no ill will against any­one on past events. No­body should fear any­thing from me. We are not af­ter any­one. Peo­ple should only fear the con­se­quences of their ac­tions.

“I hereby in­vite ev­ery­one, what­ever his or her po­lit­i­cal view to join me in work­ing for the na­tion”.

He said ev­ery new gov­ern­ment in­her­its prob­lems and that his was not dif­fer­ent. “But what Nige­ri­ans want are so­lu­tions, quick so­lu­tions not a recita­tion of prob­lems in­her­ited.

Buhari said he had mar­shalled a coali­tion of armed forces of the five na­tions, the G7 lead­ers and other friendly pres­i­dents to de­feat Boko Haram.

He added that un­der new lead­er­ship the armed forces had taken the bat­tle to the in­sur­gents, and se­verely weak­ened their lo­gis­ti­cal and in­fras­truc­tural ca­pa­bil­i­ties. “That they are re­sort­ing to shame­less at­tacks on soft tar­gets such as IDP camps is in­dica­tive of their cow­ardice and des­per­a­tion.”

He said: “In the mean­time, im­prove­ment in the power sup­ply is mod­er­ately en­cour­ag­ing. By the same to­ken, sup­ply of petrol and kerosene to the public has im­proved through­out the coun­try. All the early signs are that within months the whole coun­try would be­gin to feel a change for the bet­ter”.

Buhari said pre­lim­i­nary steps had been taken to sani­tise the Nige­rian Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC) and im­prove its oper­a­tions so that the in­ef­fi­ciency and cor­rup­tion could be re­duced to a min­i­mum.

He said those of the na­tion’s re­finer­ies which could be ser­viced and brought back into par­tial pro­duc­tion would be en­abled to re­sume oper­a­tions “so that the whole sor­did busi­ness of ex­port­ing crude and im­port­ing fin­ished prod­ucts in du­bi­ous trans­ac­tions could be stopped”.

“In ad­di­tion to NNPC, I have or­dered for a com­plete au­dit of our other rev­enue gen­er­at­ing agen­cies mainly CBN, FIRS, Cus­toms, NCC, for bet­ter ser­vice de­liv­ery to the na­tion. Pru­dent house­keep­ing is needed now more than ever in view of the sharp de­cline in world mar­ket oil prices. It is a chal­lenge we have to face squarely. But what counts is not so much what ac­crues but how we man­age our re­sources that is im­por­tant”, he said.

Buhari fur­ther stated: “We have seen in the last few years how huge re­sources were mis­man­aged, squan­dered and wasted. The new APC gov­ern­ment is em­bark­ing on a clean up, in­tro­duc­ing pru­dence and pro­bity in public fi­nanc­ing.

“We must change our law­less habits, our at­ti­tude to public of­fice and public trust. We must change our un­ruly be­hav­iour in schools, hos­pi­tals, mar­ket places, mo­tor parks, on the roads, in homes and of­fices. To bring about change, we must change our­selves by be­ing law-abid­ing cit­i­zens.”

PHOTO

Chief of Staff to the Pres­i­dent, Abba Kyari (mid­dle) presents the min­is­te­rial list to Se­nate Pres­i­dent Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki at the Na­tional Assem­bly, Abuja yesterday. With them is the Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent on Na­tional Assem­bly Mat­ters (Se­nate), Sen­a­tor Ita Enang. State House

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Refugees face Ital­ian po­lice of­fi­cers in riot gears at the Franco-Ital­ian bor­der in Ven­timiglia, Italy yesterday. Ital­ian po­lice have emp­tied out a mi­grant tent camp in the bor­der city of Ven­timiglia, prompt­ing dozens of mi­grants to flee to rocks along the shore­line.

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