Ministerial List: Buhari meets NASS leadership

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President Muhammadu Buhari will this evening host the leadership of the National Assembly to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting which will involve the leadership of both the Senate and House of Representatives, is aimed at winning the confidence of the lawmakers as the President unveils his next set of Ministers.

The meeting which is expected to hold at 8pm, at the new banquet hall of the Presidential Villa, will involve only the Principal officers of both Chambers

Details later…


Tony Ailemen, Abuja

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Anxiety as ministerial list not yet in Senate

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Those awaiting the release of ministerial list this week may have to wait much longer, as indications have emerged that President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to forward his list of cabinet members to the Senate for confirmation.

Contrary to the assurances by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, that the ministerial list would get to the upper legislative chamber this week, this was not the case on the last day of legislative sitting on Thursday.

Confirming the development in a chat with journalists after plenary Thursday, Senate spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye, said the upper legislative chamber was not in receipt of the ministerial list.

Nigerians have expressed concern over the delay in submitting ministerial list, six weeks after President Buhari was sworn in for a second term and about five months after winning the 2019 presidential election.

According to the Senate spokesperson, senators were anxious to work on the ministerial nominee list, adding that this depends solely on the Executive constitutionally mandated to transmit the list.

Fielding questions from journalists, Adeyeye said the Senate cannot on its own generate ministerial list.

“We cannot keep the list. If the list is transmitted to the President of the Senate, it will be read immediately. We are too eager and as I have told you, we want to hit the ground running,” he said.

“This is an activity that is not within our control and there is nothing we can do about it,” he added.

“As I said here two or three days ago, this matter is not within the control of the Senate. We cannot generate the list on our own; the Constitution does not permit us to do that.

Pointing out that the Constitution has assigned responsibilities to the various parts of government, he said it was the prerogative … Read More...

Ministers: l will need a formidable team- Buhari

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Conscious of the need to address the challenges of insecurity, poverty, and unemployment, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told his supporters that he would require a formidable team of experts to help deliver his Next Level promises to Nigerians.

President Buhari, while meeting with his supporters, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) and the Buhari Support Group led by its chairmen, Omoniyi Akinsiju, Umaru Dembo, respectively, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, told the groups that he was prepared to sacrifice political patronage to select the best Ministers this time around.

“It is not an easy job to sell the administration’s services, we are doing unpopular things and facing powerful individuals and taking on invested interest who are accustomed to the corrupt era. But we must do things the right way; if we promised change then we must deliver it. This is regardless of whose interest is touched. There must be a manifest departure from the old order.”

Buhari stated that he was resolute in his promise to leave Nigeria better than he met it, expressed his determined to end the security challenges facing the country and leave it “ a peaceful and prosperous nation”

President Buhari told his guests that as a team they had fought a good fight and won the race in the just concluded elections, adding that “Our government continues to grow in strength and will place a firm foundation for future generations.

“The 2019 elections are behind us. Nigerians have spoken, and they have spoken loudly in our favour. It is now time to serve them, and serve well. We will not fail.

“We will serve honestly, genuinely, and with our heart and might. Our country has oscillated for too long at the level of promises and potentials. It is now time … Read More...