Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Fayemi, Lai Mohammed Others Pass Senate Screening

Nigerian newspapers today, October 14, focused on the ministerial screening by the Nigerian senate. 10 nominees were screened by the senators including Senator Udoma Udo-Udoma (Akwa Ibom State), former Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, Chief Audu Ogbeh (Benue), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi).

Others are Dr. Osagie Ehanire (Edo), Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau (Kano), Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Kwara), Mrs. Amina Ibrahim Mohammed (Gombe), Suleiman Adamu and Ibrahim Jibrin.

While Vanguard leads with the same story as all other Nigerian newspapers, it also has on it front page the report of the bank robbery in Lagos yesterday, October 13.

According to the report, no fewer than forty heavily armed robbers invaded two second generation banks in 4th Avenue, Festac area of Lagos state and carted away huge sums of money.

During the operation which reportedly lasted hours, a two-year-old toddler, Mmesoma Ndirika, and her mother, Jane, who were inside their apartment in an adjoining building were reportedly hit by stray bullets from the bandits who were shooting sporadically in all directions.

While Guardian newspaper also leads with report of the ministerial screening, also on its front page is a report about the possibility of Nigerian earning about $50 billion from solid minerals.

According to the report, Nigeria possesses over 400 solid minerals, 40 of them available in commercial quantities, though only 13 of these are being exploited at present.

A document obtained by the newspaper from solid mines limited, showed that the sector could add as much as $50 billion to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by climbing from 0.3 per cent to 10 per cent growth in the next three to five years, if the necessary investment is made.

Daily Sun takes a look at the difference between the first ministerial list and second ministerial list.

It reported that the new list with the first one submitted by President Buhari clearly reveals that while the first list is an admixture of politicians, old and young, the second batch comprises mostly technocrats.

Technocrats like Dr. Okechukwu Enelama, the founder/partner and chief executive officer of Africa Capital Alliance, and James Ocholi including seasoned academics like Professor Isaac Adewole, the immediate past vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan, who represents Osun State and Professor Anthony Anwuka, former vice chancellor of the Imo State University are expected to bring their wealth of experience and professionalism to bear on the discharge of their responsibilities as ministers.

Punch and The Nation newspapers focused on the whole activities of the senate ministerial screening. Those screened yesterday are Senator Udoma Udo-Udoma (Akwa Ibom State), former Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, Chief Audu Ogbeh (Benue), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi), Dr. Osagie Ehanire (Edo), Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau (Kano), Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Kwara), Mrs. Amina Ibrahim Mohammed (Gombe), Suleiman Adamu and Ibrahim Jibrin.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed caused a stir when he entered the Chambers. He was hailed and cheered by APC senators, while their Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterparts hooted.

The APC spokesperson bowed six times before Dr. Saraki amid a thunderous applause by APC senators.

Saraki asked whether the Senators have Mohammed’s Curriculum Vitae (CV). There was deafening a “yes, yes, yes” in the chamber.

Senate Leader Mohammed Ali Ndume rose from his seat, saying: “Alhaji Lai Mohammed is very well known to this chamber. I move that he should take a bow and go.”

In a lighter mood, minority leader senator Godswill Akpabio said: “This is the Senate and not a House of Assembly. If I know the nominee very well, he may have one or two propaganda to drop before he takes a bow.” There was general laughter in the chamber.