Se­nate screens 10 cab­i­net nom­i­nees

...un­veils 16 more names

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

The Se­nate ques­tioned 10 min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees as con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing for 37 per­sons nom­i­nated by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari be­gan yesterday.

The Se­nate had set con­di­tions that Pres­i­dent Buhari’s nom­i­nees must ful­fil be­fore they are con­firmed min­is­ters.

One of the con­di­tions is that for­mer law­mak­ers among the nom­i­nees would be given spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion by be­ing the first to be screened be­fore the oth­ers. But they must face ques­tion­ing and not just take a bow and go as pre­vi­ously done.

Also in line with con­ven­tion, for any nom­i­nee to be cleared as a min­is­ter, at least two sen­a­tors from his state must sup­port his nom­i­na­tion.

How­ever, when the nom­i­nees took turns to an­swer ques­tions it soon emerged that some of these con­di­tions were re­laxed.

Sources told Daily Trust that the con­di­tions were mod­i­fied at closed ses­sion just be­fore the hear­ing be­gan.

Our sources said the se­nate lead­er­ship pre­vailed on sen­a­tors not to be ag­gres­sive in their ap­proach, or al­low per­sonal an­i­mos­ity to in­flu­ence their con­duct. They were also not to hail nom­i­nees or ac­com­pany them on their way out.

Sen­a­tor Udoma Udo Udoma was the first to be ques­tioned. Pres­i­dent of the Se­nate, Bukola Saraki asked him two ques­tions when he took the stand.

Deputy Se­nate Pres­i­dent Ike Ek­w­ere­madu also asked two ques­tions re­lated to the failed con­sti­tu­tional con­fer­ence but be­fore he could an­swer, Saraki waved the ques­tions away and asked Sen­a­tor Udoma to “take a bow and leave.” He did just that.

The rul­ing party’s com­bat­ive spokesman Lai Mo­hammed was not asked any ques­tion even though he made few re­marks be­fore he de­parted.

Those ques­tioned yesterday were for­mer gover­nor of Ek­iti state, Dr. Kay­ode Fayemi; the for­mer Chief of Army Staff, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Ab­dul­ra­haman Dam­bazau; Na­tional Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) Lai Mo­hammed; Sen­a­tor Udoma Udo Udoma and for­mer na­tional chair­man of the op­po­si­tion Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Chief Audu Og­beh.

Oth­ers were for­mer gover­nor of old Abia state, Dr. Og­bon­naya Onu; Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Amina Ibrahim Mo­hammed, Engi­neer Suleiman Hus­saini Adamu and Ibrahim Us­man Jib­ril.

The nom­i­nees were grilled by Sen­a­tors on ar­eas re­lated to their fields and pre­vi­ous po­si­tions they have oc­cu­pied.

They were given the op­por­tu­nity to also speak on things that were not in­cluded in their Cur­ricu­lum Vi­tae sub­mit­ted to the Se­nate.

Yesterday’s ses­sion lasted six hours when the Se­nate Pres­i­dent ad­journed for the hear­ing to re­sume to­day by 10.am.

Saraki re­veals names of 16 more nom­i­nees

Be­fore yesterday’s ple­nary be­gan Saraki read out the names of more min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees sub­mit­ted by Pres­i­dent Buhari.

Those on the list in­clude the pop­u­lar Daily Trust colum­nist, Adamu Adamu; wife of the for­mer gover­nor Yobe state, Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim; Vice Chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Ibadan, Pro­fes­sor Isaac Ade­wole; Bri­gadier Mah­mud M. Dan-Ali; Claudius Omol­eye Daramola; Pro­fes­sor An­thony An­wuka and Ge­of­frey Onyeama .

Oth­ers that made the list are for­mer House of Reps leader Abubakar Bwari Bawa Pas­tor Usani Usani Uguru, Sen­a­tor Heineken Lokpo­biri Ms. Aisha Abubakar Mustapha Baba She­huri, Muham­madu Bello, Okechukwu Enelamah, Zainab Sham­suna Ahmed and Bar­ris­ter James Ocholi.

The Se­nate asked the nom­i­nees to­day to sub­mit their Cur­ricu­lum Vi­taes in prepa­ra­tion for their con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing.

Ad­dress­ing news­men on the new nom­i­nees, the Spokesper­son of the Se­nate, Dino Me­laye said the nom­i­nees should sub­mit their CVs to Se­nate to­day.

He said the nom­i­nees would be screened to­mor­row, Thurs­day and that the con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing would be com­pleted same day.

He said the screen­ing of the for­mer gover­nor of Rivers state, Ro­timi Amaechi could not hold yesterday be­cause the re­port of the com­mit­tee that en­ter­tained the pe­ti­tion against him was not ready.

“The re­port of the com­mit­tee of Ethics, Priv­i­leges and Public Pe­ti­tions was not ready yesterday that was why he was not in­vited for screen­ing. The re­port will be ready to­day and he will be screened ac­cord­ingly,” he said.

Dr. Okechukwu Enyinna Enelamah (Abia State), a med­i­cal doc­tor, he is the co­founder and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO) of African Cap­i­tal Al­liance, a lead­ing pri­vate eq­uity firm on the African con­ti­nent. He has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in in­vest­ment bank­ing, hav­ing worked for Gold­man Sachs in Lon­don and New York and Arthur An­der­son in Nige­ria. He holds an MBA from the Har­vard Busi­ness School and a CFA char­ter.

Enelamah has served on a num­ber of boards of blue chip com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Dor­man Long En­gi­neer­ing Ltd., Cor­ner Stone In­sur­ance Plc and UAC Nige­ria Plc.

Pro­fes­sor Claudis Omol­eye Daramola (Ondo State) Find­ings show that he was among those spec­u­lated to be min­is­ter. He is a pro­fes­sor of ed­u­ca­tion in the Univer­sity of Ilorin and holds B.Sc. (Ed.), Sokoto, 1980; M.Ed. So­ci­ol­ogy of Ed­u­ca­tion, Jos, 1982 and Ph.D. So­ci­ol­ogy of Ed­u­ca­tion, Ilorin, 1990. He has au­thored hun­dreds of sem­i­nal pa­pers and chap­ters in books.

Hon Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim (Yobe State)

“Ha­jiya Khadija was never con­sulted be­fore she was nom­i­nated as min­is­ter,” a source close to her said.

A for­mer first lady ofYobe State and one-time com­mis­sioner for trans­port in the state, Khadija is cur­rently serv­ing her third term as mem­ber of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, rep­re­sent­ing Da­maturu/Gu­jba/Gu­lani/ Tar­muwa). The daugh­ter of the Sec­ond Re­pub­lic politi­cian, Al­haji Waziri Ibrahim, she was ed­u­cated at Head­ing­ton School, Ox­ford, Pad­worth Col­lege, and the Univer­sity of Sur­rey.

Pro­fes­sor An­thony An­wuka (Imo State)

A for­mer Sec­re­tary to the Imo State Gov­ern­ment, Pro­fes­sor An­wuka did his doc­tor­ate de­gree pro­gramme in Gen­eral Cur­ricu­lum, Sys­tem Anal­y­sis and So­cial Stud­ies at the Univer­sity of Washington, Seat­tle, USA in 1977. Prior to this, he did his Mas­ters in Ed­u­ca­tional Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Plan­ning at the Univer­sity of Port­land, Ore­gon USA in 1975. At Fourah Bay Univer­sity of Serra Leone (1974), he stud­ied English Lan­guage. In Au­gust 2001, he par­tic­i­pated at the Com­mon­wealth ViceChan­cel­lors Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence, Dundee Scot­land, UK. An­wuka had worked as a Teach­ing As­sis­tant, Univer­sity of Washington, Seat­tle 1976-1977; Cur­ricu­lum Re­source Per­son/ In­struc­tor, Spe­cial­ist Seat­tle Op­por­tu­ni­ties In­dus­tri­al­iza­tion Cen­tre (SOIC), 1977 1978; Se­nior Lec­turer, Univer­sity of Maiduguri, 1983-1985; Reader, Univer­sity of Maiduguri, 1986 1998; and Cur­ricu­lum Re­source Per­son/Con­sul­tant, Nige­rian Na­tional Teach­ers In­sti­tute, (NTI), Kaduna, 1983 1986. Mr. James Ocholi (Kogi State) A for­mer Na­tional Deputy Le­gal Ad­viser of the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), he has con­tested for the gov­er­nor­ship ticket of the party in his state but lost to Abubakar Audu. He was also a gov­er­nor­ship as­pi­rant on the plat­form of the de­funct Congress for Pro­gres­sive Change (CPC) in the state.

Sen­a­tor Heineken Lokpo­biri (Bayelsa State)

The Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assem­bly at one time, Lokpo­biri had also rep­re­sented Bayelsa West Sen­a­to­rial Dis­trict in the Na­tional Assem­bly un­til 2015. He re­ceived an LL.B (Hons) in 1994 from Rivers State Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, Port Har­court

Re­tired Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Muham­mad Mansur Dan-Ali (Zam­fara State)

Dur­ing his mil­i­tary ca­reer, Dan-Ali had at­tended sev­eral cour­ses in­clud­ing Ar­tillery Young Of­fi­cer Course (YOC) at the Nige­rian Army Ju­nior Staff Course; Ghana Armed Forces Com­mand and Staff Col­lege (GAFCSC), Teshie -Ghana; Com­pany Com­mand’s Course (CCC) at Nige­rian Army School of In­fantry (NASI) and Se­nior Staff Course at Armed Forces Com­mand and Staff Col­lege (AFCSC), Jaji in 2000/2001.

Dan-Ali re­cently con­ducted the APC pri­mary elec­tion in Bayelsa State af­ter the first one, headed by Gover­nor Adam Osh­iom­hole of Edo State.

Mal­lam Adamu Adamu (Bauchi State)

Is a vet­eran jour­nal­ist from Bauchi State and a long ally of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, Mal­lam Adamu is a renowned public an­a­lyst and colum­nist with the Daily Trust news­pa­pers. He is a public com­men­ta­tor with a dis­tinct style. He is said to be fear­less, ed­u­cated and bold enough to ex­press his views and opin­ions both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. He was the sec­re­tary of Buhari’s Tran­si­tion Com­mit­tee and had worked closely with the pres­i­dent dur­ing the days of the de­funct PTF.

Pro­fes­sor Isaac Ade­wole (Osun)

A Pro­fes­sor of Ob­stet­rics and Gy­nae­col­ogy, he ob­tained his Bach­e­lor of Medicine from the Univer­sity of Ibadan in 1978 and be­came a Se­nior Reg­is­trar in 1984. Pro­fes­sor Ade­wole is the Prin­ci­pal In­ves­ti­ga­tor of the AIDS Preven­tion Ini­tia­tive in Nige­ria, Co-Prin­ci­pal In­ves­ti­ga­tor of the Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Part­ner­ship, a for­mer chair­man of the Na­tional Task Team on Preven­tion of Mother to Child Trans­mis­sion of HIV, and Prin­ci­pal In­ves­ti­ga­tor for ‘Op­er­a­tion Stop Cer­vi­cal Can­cer’ in Nige­ria. As a vicechan­cel­lor, he re­port­edly trans­formed the Univer­sity of Ibadan into one of Africa’s top 10 univer­si­ties.

Zainab Sham­suna Ahmed (Kaduna)

Is the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of Nige­ria Ex­trac­tive In­dus­tries Trans­parency Ini­tia­tive (NEITI). She is a mem­ber of As­so­ci­a­tion of Na­tional Ac­coun­tants of Nige­ria and Fel­low, In­sti­tute of Cer­ti­fied Com­pany Com­mer­cial Ac­coun­tants of Nige­ria among other pro­fes­sional or­gan­i­sa­tions Abubakar Bawa Bwari A sec­ond nom­i­nee from Niger State, sources at the Na­tional Assem­bly said he will rep­re­sent the FCT at the Fed­eral Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil.

Pop­u­larly known as ABB, he was elected as a mem­ber of the Fed­eral House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives rep­re­sent­ing Suleja/Gu­rara/Tafa Fed­eral Con­stituency in 1998 and sub­se­quently be­came Chief Whip of the House, a po­si­tion he held span­ning 1999 to 2007. He was also elected as Vice Pres­i­dent African, Caribbean, Pa­cific and Euro­pean Union (ACP-EU) Joint Par­lia­men­tary Assem­bly and Chair­man of the plan­ning com­mit­tee of the ACP-EU Joint Par­lia­men­tary Assem­bly in 2000. Pas­tor Usani Usani (C/River) Un­til his nom­i­na­tion as min­is­ter by Pres­i­dent Buhari, Pas­tor Usani Uguru Usani is the Cross River State Chair­man of the APC.

Muham­mad Bello (Adamawa)

He is the for­mer Chair­man of the Na­tional Hajj Com­mis­sion of Nige­ria. The All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State re­jected his nom­i­na­tion.

Speak­ing to Daily Trust in Yola, the State Or­ga­niz­ing Sec­re­tary of the party, Ah­mad Lawan said the nom­i­na­tion of Bello could af­fect the chances of the party in fu­ture elec­tions.

"He is not a card car­ry­ing mem­ber of the party. It is un­fair to nom­i­nate him as min­is­ter. We thought Pres­i­dent Buhari would ap­point a politi­cian who knows those who made sac­ri­fices to bring him and the party to power", he said.

Mustapha Baba She­huri (Borno)

A close ally of Pres­i­dent Buhari, She­huri, pop­u­larly known as ‘Qual­ity’, was the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Buhari Cam­paign or­ga­ni­za­tion in Borno State. He was a mem­ber of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, a for­mer chair­man of the Maiduguri Metropoli­tan Coun­cil (MMC) and the gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date of the de­funct Congress for Pro­gres­sive Change (CPC) in 2011. Ge­of­frey Onyeama (Enugu) He is the Chair of the World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion Agree­ment on Trade-Re­lated As­pects of In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Rights and holds Bach­e­lor of Arts (BA), Po­lit­i­cal Science, Columbia Univer­sity (Columbia Col­lege), New York, USA, (1977); Bach­e­lor of Arts (BA), Law, Cam­bridge Univer­sity (St. John’s Col­lege), Cam­bridge, United King­dom (1980); Master of Laws (LL.M), Law, Univer­sity of Lon­don (Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics and Po­lit­i­cal Science (LSE), Lon­don, United King­dom (1982); Master of Arts (MA), Law, Cam­bridge Univer­sity (St. John’s Col­lege), Cam­bridge, United King­dom (1984).

He was a Re­search Of­fi­cer, Nige­rian Law Re­form Com­mis­sion, La­gos, Nige­ria, (1983-1984) and speaks English, French, Ger­man and Ibo. A’isha Abubakar Is the nom­i­nee rep­re­sent­ing Sokoto State. Lit­tle is known about her.

Photos: Macjohn Akande

Chief Audu Og­beh dur­ing the min­is­te­rial screen­ing at the Na­tional Assem­bly Abuja yesterday.

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