Buhari’s Ministers, Secondus, Others Storm Courtroom As Tribunal Rules On Atiku’s Petition

National Chairman of the APC, Adam Oshiomhole; Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola and the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige at the Tribunal on Wednesday, September 9, 2019. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV.

 

Ministers on the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday stormed the courtroom as tribunal rules on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Atiku Abubakar.

They include Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige; Minister of Works and Housing, Raji Fashola, Minister of State for Niger Delta, Festus Keyamo; Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami.

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Also present in court is President Buhari’s Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari who was a witness for the president at the tribunal.

Some state governors were also in attendance. They include Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu; Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, among others.

The main opposition party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is also represented as the Chairman, Uche Secondus is in attendance. Adam Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC was also in the courtroom filled with many other top individuals.

See photos from the Tribunal below…

       

PHOTOS: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

Buhari Assigns Portfolios To Ministers (FULL LIST)

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated his long-awaited cabinet in Abuja today.

The President also assigned portfolios to the ministers.

The list of ministers and their portfolios are listed below:

1 Uchechukwu Samson Ogah (Abia) – Minister of State Mines And Steel.

2. Muhammadu Bello (Adamawa) – Minister of FCT.

3. God’swill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) – Minister of Niger delta.

4. Dr Chris Ngige (Anambra ) – Minister of Labour and Employment.

5. Sharon Ikeazu (Anambra) –  Minister of State Environment.

6. Adamu Adamu – (Bauchi) – Minister of Education.

7. Amb Maryam Katagum – (Bauchi) – Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment.

8. Timipre Silva (Bayelsa) – Minister of State for Petroleum.

9. Sen. George Akume (Benue) – Minister for Special Duties

10. Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno) – Minister of State for Agriculture.

11. Godwin Jedi-Agba (Cross River) – Minister of State for Power.

12. Festus Keyamo (Delta) – Minister of State for Niger Delta.

13. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi) – Minister of Science and Technology

14. Dr. Osagie Ehanire (Edo) – Minister of Health

15. Clement Ikanade Agba (Edo) – Minister of State for Budget and National Planning.

16. Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti) – Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment.

17. Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu) Minister for Foreign Affairs.

18. Dr. Ali Isa Pantami (Gombe) – Minister for Communication.

19. Emeka Nwajuba (Imo) – Minister of State for Education.

20. Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa) Minister for Water Resources

21. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed (Kaduna) – Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning.

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22. Dr. Mohammad Mahmoud (Kaduna) – Minister for Environment

23. Mohammed Sabo Nanono (Kano) – Minister for Agriculture

24. Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) – (Kano) – Minister of Defence

25. Hadi Sirika (Katsina) – Minister for Aviation

26. Abubakar Malami (Kebbi), Honorable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

27. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu (Kogi) – Minister of State for FCT.

28. Lai Mohammed (Kwara) Minister of Information and Culture.

29. Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara) Minister of State for Transportation.

30. Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos) – Minister for Works and Housing

31. Adeleke Mamora (Lagos) – Minister of State for Health

32. Mohammed A. Abdullahi (Nasarawa) – Minister of State for Science & Tech.

33. Amb. Zubairu Dada (Niger) – Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

34. Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun) – Minister For Mines & Steel Development.

35. Sen. Omotayo Alasuadura (Ondo) – Minister of State for Labour.

36. Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) – Minister for Interior.

37.  Sunday Dare (Oyo) – Minister Youth and Sports.

38. Dame Pauline Tallen (Plateau) – Women Affairs.

39. Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) – Minister for Transportation.

40. Mohammed Maigari Dangyadi (Sokoto) – Minister for Police Affairs.

41. Engr. Sale Mamman (Taraba) – Minister for Power.

42. Abubakar D. Aliyu (Yobe) Minister of State for Works and Housing.

43. Sadiya Umar Faruk (Zamfara) – Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

Buhari, Amaechi And The Ministers Who Retained Their Portfolios

 

President Muhammadu Buhari, and a couple others on Wednesday retained their portfolios as ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

The President retained his position as minister for petroleum, while Alhaji Lai Mohammed retained his portfolio minister of information and culture.

Others who retained their position in President Buhari’s cabinet include:

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Adamu Adamu (Education)

Geoffrey Onyeama (Foreign Affairs)

Hadi Sirika (Aviation)

Abubakar Malami (Justice)

Lai Mohammed (Information)

Rotimi Amaechi (Transport)

Ogbonnaya Onu (Science and Technology).

*Mr Babatunde Fashola can however be said to have partially retained his ministry, as his portfolio was split into two. The former Lagos state governor who previously was head of Works, Power and Housing, now only mans the ministry of Works and Housing.

Mamman Becomes Minister Of Power, Fashola To Handle Works And Housing

President Buhari has named Sale Mamman as the Minister of Power with Babatunde Fashola named as the Minister of Works And Housing.

The President announced this after inaugurating his cabinet in Abuja on Wednesday.

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Mr Fashola had served as Minister of Power, Works, and Housing under President Buhari’s first term.

Mamman was a former assistant director electrician in the Ministry of works. He retired in 2002 to become a full-time businessman and politician.

The inauguration of the new Ministers was held on Wednesday at the Council Chamber, State House Abuja.

Click on this link for the full list of the Ministers.

Senate Resumes Ministerial Screening

 

The Senate on Monday resumed ministerial screening with the immediate past Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola as the first nominee to be screened.

Thirty one ministerial nominees has so far been screened by the Senate leaving 12 others yet to be screened. The Senate commenced the screening on Wednesday, July 24 and the screening today, entered day four.

Ministerial nominees screened so far include…

  1. Uchechukwu Ogah (Abia)
  2. Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom)
  3. George Akume (Benue)
  4. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi)
  5. Emeka. Nwajuaba (Imo)
  6. Olorunnibe Mamora (Lagos)
  7. Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun)
  8. Adamu. Adamu (Bauchi)
  9. Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers)
  10. Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra)
  11. Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo)
  12. Mustapha Shehuri (Borno)
  13. Abubakar Aliyu (Yobe)
  14. Bashir Magashi (Kano)
  15. Ramatu Aliyu (Kogi)
  16. Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa)
  17. Zubairu Dada (Niger)
  18. Chris Ngige (Anambra)
  19. Abdullahi Hassan (Nasarawa)
  20. Sunday Dare (Oyo)
  21. Muhammad Bello (Adamawa)
  22. Sadiya Farouq (Zamfara)
  23. Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna)
  24. Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti)
  25. Abubakar Malami (Kebbi)
  26. Hadi Sirika (Katsina)
  27. Osagie Enahire (Edo)
  28. Paullen Tallen (Plateau)
  29. Festus Keyamo (Delta)
  30. Ali Isa Pantami (Gombe)
  31. Maigarai Dingyadi (Sokoto)

Others yet to be screened include Babatunde Fashola, (Lagos State), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Gbemi Saraki (Kwara), Ambassador Maryam Katagun (Bauchi), Goddy Jedy- Agba (Cross River), Suleiman Adamu ( Jigawa), Clement Agba (Edo), Muhammad Mahmoud (Kaduna), Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu), Lai Mohammed (Kwara), Sabo Nanono (Kano) and Saleh Mamman (Taraba).


Babatunde Fashola

Babatunde Fashola who is the immediate past Minister for Power, Works and Housing during his screening answered questions on power generation in Nigeria, infrastructure among others.

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While reading his biography, he listed major achievements during his first tenure in office. He said there was no state of the Federation where a Federal project was not executed.

 

 

Mohammed Mahmood

Mohammed Mahmood from Kaduna State was asked to bow and go after reading his biography to the Senate. This was after Senate Minority leader, Eyinnaya Abaribe remided the House that people with legislative background will enjoy the privilege to bow and go.

Mahmood is a former minority leader in Kaduna State House of Assembly. He served for three tenure.

 

Gbemisola Saraki

Senator Gbemi Saraki is a former member of the House of Representatives. She also represented Kwara central Senatorial district under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party in the year 2003.

She was also asked to bow and go after noting that she does not have much to add to her CV which is already with many of the lawmakers. She added that she also knows many of the lawmakers personally.

 

Rauf Aregbesola

The immediate former governor of Osun State before reading his biography said a short prayer in Arabic. He said the prayer simply means “all praises and adoration is due to Allah.”

He said he brings with him 39 years of post qualification experience “and a huge dose of political orientation.”

Power Problem: Some States Have Almost 24 Hours Supply, Says Fashola

 

Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing has said that some cities in Nigeria can now boast of constant power supply.

He made the assertion on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.

“Sitting down here I can tell you some states that have almost 24 hours – Kebbi, Yobe. Some have five, some have 10 and there are still outages,” Fashola said.

He said the constant power supply in some states is due to the increase in the transmission capacity, noting that the transmission capacity has grown to about 8,100 watts as of December 2018.

He said the Ministry of Power has moved forward but needs to implement the short term goals it set.

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Fashola also spoke about programmes which the ministry have put in place to ensure adequate power supply across the nation.

“The government has decided that as 40 per cent holder of everything in the distribution of power, we have our programme to invest N72 billion which will involve installing transformers and all of that.

“We created a metre access provider regulation. What it does is to create a new plan of investment programme. We manufacture, produce, supply and install metres and fill the gap the distribution companies cannot raise capital to fill. They cannot do so alone, they must do so under a procurement policy with the distribution company,” he said.

The former Lagos State governor said the Federal Government will solve the problems of poor power supply in the country and will continue to keep the people informed as to the watts being consumed in the country.

SERAP To Fashola: Publish Names Of Contractors Who Disappeared With Project Money

It's 'Unarguable' We Have Improved Power 'With Less Resources', Says Fashola

 

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked Babatunde Fashola to provide names and details of contractors and companies that allegedly collected money for electricity projects but failed to execute any projects, starting from the return of democracy in 1999 to 2018.

SERAP in a Freedom of Information request to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing urged him to release a report regarding the contractors who have failed to meet the terms of contracts they signed within the period in focus.

According to SERAP, the call comes amid allegations and claims by former Nigeria’s Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

The group said the Presidential Candidate of the PDP recently stirred dust over some “contractors who were given some contracts for power projects and were paid hundred percent upfront, but did not get the projects executed.

SERAP said: “The revelation by Alhaji Atiku is entirely consistent with SERAP’s recent report titled: From Darkness to Darkness: How Nigerians are Paying the Price for Corruption in the Electricity Sector, which also revealed how over N11 trillion meant to provide regular electricity supply was allegedly squandered by politicians and contractors under successive governments.”

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In the FOI request dated 4 January, 2019 and signed by SERAP senior legal adviser Bamisope Adeyanju, the organization said: “By publishing the names of the contractors and their registration details, if any, Nigerians will be better able to hold them to account for allegedly absconding with public funds meant for electricity projects, thereby throwing the country into perpetual darkness and socio-economic stagnation as well as denying people their human rights.”

The organization also said: “publishing the names will make it hard for contractors and companies to get away with complicity in grand corruption. If the requested information is not provided within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter, SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions under the Freedom of Information Act to compel you to comply with our request.”

The FOI request read in part: “It is important to show that your office and indeed this administration would not shield or allow ingrained wrongdoing by contractors and companies in the power sector to go unpunished. Unless the names of the contractors and companies are disclosed and widely published, alleged corrupt contractors and companies executing electricity projects will not be deterred and the victims of corruption that they committed will continue to be denied justice and effective remedies.”

“SERAP urges you to publish the names of all contractors and companies that have been engaged in the power sector since the return of democracy in 1999 to date, details of specific projects and the amounts that have been paid to the contractors and companies, details on the level of implementation of electricity projects and their specific locations across the country.”

“SERAP is concerned that to date no contractors or companies who allegedly collected money for electricity projects not executed or poorly executed have been investigated for corruption let alone prosecuted and fined. Senior public officials who apparently served as intermediaries for these contractors and companies continue to escape justice.”

“We are concerned that allegations of corruption involving many contractors and companies in the power sector have continued to impair, obstruct and undermine the ability of successive governments to provide Nigerians with access to regular and uninterrupted electricity supply.”

“Contractors and companies that allegedly disappeared with public funds meant for electricity projects may also be liable for aiding and abetting the commission of acts of grand corruption.”

“SERAP also urges you to refer contractors and companies that allegedly collected hundred percent payment upfront to appropriate anticorruption agencies for further investigation, and where there is relevant admissible evidence, for them to face prosecution.”

“Doing this will show your willingness to end a pattern of corruption in the power sector and to improve access of Nigerians to regular and uninterrupted electricity supply. It will also allow citizens to track the level of execution of electricity projects by contractors and companies and reduce impunity for corrupt acts in the sector.”

“Failure to publish the names of alleged corrupt contractors and companies in the power sector will undermine the government’s oft-expressed commitment to holistically fight grand corruption and improve access of Nigerians to regular and uninterrupted electricity supply.”

“Similarly, failure to take punitive and dissuasive measures would allow corrupt contractors and companies to continue to undermine the rule of law and socio-economic development of the country, restricting access of disadvantaged and marginalized communities to regular and uninterrupted electricity supply.”

“SERAP notes that the UN Convention against Corruption to which Nigeria is a state party contains requirements of integrity and honesty in economic, financial or commercial activities-in the public and private sectors. It also imposes obligations on the government to ensure that sanctions imposed for corruption on natural and legal persons are effective, proportionate and dissuasive.”

“We urge you to establish online national database for all contractors and companies, shareholders and others that might have any ownership interests in companies responsible for executing power projects in the country. We also urge you to disclose if there any on-going investigation or prosecution of allegedly corrupt contractors and companies in the electricity sector.”

“By Section 1 (1) of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2011, SERAP is entitled as of right to request for or gain access to information, including information on alleged corrupt contractors and companies that have collected money for electricity projects and disappeared with public funds rather than executing the projects.”

“By Section 4 (a) of the FOI Act when a person makes a request for information from a public official, institution or agency, the public official, institution or urgency to whom the application is directed is under a binding legal obligation to provide the applicant with the information requested for, except as otherwise provided by the Act, within 7 days after the application is received.”

“The information being requested does not come within the purview of the types of information exempted from disclosure by the provisions of the FOI Act. The information requested for, apart from not being exempted from disclosure under the FOI Act, bothers on an issue of national interest, public concern, interest of human rights, social justice, good governance, transparency and accountability.”

 

FG Hands Over House To Bonfrere Jo 22 Years After Promise

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola with former Super Eagles coach, Bonfrere Jo, on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola with former Super Eagles coach, Bonfrere Jo, on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

 

The Federal Government has fulfilled its promise of building a house for former Super Eagles coach Bonfrere Jo.

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), handed over the keys to a three-bedroom apartment in Gwagwalada, Abuja to the Dutchman on Tuesday.

In handing over the keys at a ceremony in the nation’s capital, the Federal Government fulfilled the pledge made to the coach after he guided the national U23 team to victory at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.


The minister thanked the Dutchman for his contribution and expects the move to inspire the Super Eagles at the World Cup.

He said, “Let me on behalf of the President apologise to you that it has taken so long for the Nigerian government to come through. We thank you for your contribution to the development of our country, our youth, football and to say that it is better late than never. Nigeria always come through, we have come through for you.

“It is proper that with just a few days to another World Cup, Nigeria fulfils and redeems this pledge and I hope that this will serve as an inspiration to our players going to the World Cup and the officials that this government will be there for you all the way.”

For Fashola, the fulfilment of the promise reflects the commitment of the current administration to keeping its promises to citizens.

“Ordinarily, this ought to be a short meeting but if it takes 24 years for the government of the country to respond to its citizens, it must assume a news-making event,” he said.

“This is consistent with the commitment that the President has made that once again, he will make Nigerians proud of their country. This country should always be there to respond to the needs and expectations of the citizens.”

A thankful Bonfrere Jo, who is now 74, also wished the Super Eagles success at the World Cup.

He said, “As a coach that was directly involved in the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations and the 1996 Olympic football gold medal victories, I crave for an impressive performance for our Super Eagles in Russia and offer my support to the team and technical staff.”

Democracy Day: Fashola Scores Self High In Infrastructural Development

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola

 

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has scored his ministry’s performance high in quality service delivery of infrastructure to Nigerians.

Fashola stated this during an interview on Channels Television on his ministry’s performance to mark the third anniversary of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration on Tuesday.

“We have delivered and continue to deliver on own our action point,” he said. “Our own action point is infrastructure, road transport network, increased energy supply.”

Citing the 2017 Electricity report released by the National Bureau of Statistics, the Minister stated that the nation’s electricity had recorded improvement.

He added, “If you look at the National Bureau of Statistics report from 2017, constantly power sector (electricity) has been growing.

“We also impacted, by extension, on the diversification plan of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) itself to create new economies in mining and agriculture.”

Fashola also lauded the cooperation that exists between his ministry and the Ministry of Mines and Steels Development.

The relationship, he stated, had led to efficiency in output delivery system in conveying the nation’s mineral resources to the target market.

He also reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to delivering its mandate to the electorates.

Fashola Warns Contractors Against Substandard Work On Federal Roads

 

The Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has warned contractors handling various ongoing federal road projects across the country against indulging in substandard work to avoid having their contract revoked.

The Minister issued the warning on Thursday when he inspected the Kaduna Eastern Bypass road project in Chikun local government area of the state being constructed by the federal government.

While emphasising that the Ministry of Works is tired of entertaining contractors who promise to offer high-quality services but end up building substandard structures, Fashola reassured that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is committed to improving infrastructure across the country.

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The contract for the construction of the Kaduna Eastern Bypass was awarded by the Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration in 2002.

The road when completed is expected to ease traffic in Kaduna metropolis and also to serve as a gateway between the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and the Northern States.

The project initially awarded to an indigenous construction firm at the cost of N16million and was reviewed upwards to N38billion in 2017 due to modifications and cost of materials.

The Minister accompanied by Kaduna State deputy governor, Bala Bantex visited the project site to inspect the progress of the project.

He expressed satisfaction with the level of the work by the contractor but vowed not to compromise with the standard.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Bala Bantex said that the road project, when completed, will boost socio-economic activities in the area among other benefits.

Fashola, however, noted that the Ministry of Works is currently constructing about 2,000 pilot scheme Housing Units in 33 States. According to him, beneficiaries of the houses will be low-income public servants in both private and public sectors.

Senate To Probe Fashola’s Ministry Over Alleged Diversion Of Funds

The Senate is launching investigations into allegations that the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing is planning to divert the $350million from the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA to fund Fast Power Projects.

The Senate’s decision to begin the probe follows a motion by Senator Dino Melaye who is alleging that the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing is plotting to retrieve the money in NSIA which is meant for states owned Nigeria Electricity Bulk Trading Company and divert it for its Fast Power Project.

He said, “The Senate observes that this fund has been with the NSlA since 2014 and has helped build market confidence especially among new investors in the electricity market who see NBET’s positive balance sheet as a form of security that their investments are safe and that NBET has the wherewithal to meet its payment obligations.

“The Senate is alarmed that there is now a desperate attempt by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to retrieve this fund and divert same to fund the so-called Fast Power Projects, which the ministry has already spent on public funds not appropriated by the National Assembly.”

“The Senate is further alarmed that since the introduction of the Fast Power Project by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, a total sum of $350m has been spent by the ministry on Afam Power Project alone to pay $29m to General Electric as cost for turbines and $6m in consultancy fees to other entities respectively, all without requisite feasibility study of the projects and appropriation by the National Assembly as required by the constitution.”

The fund has been with NSIA since 2014 to help build market confidence especially amongst new investors in the newly privatised electricity market.

Another Federal Lawmaker Senator Mohammed Hassan in his contribution also wants the Senate to ascertain how much the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing spent on consultancy fees for the Fast Power Projects.

The Committee has been asked to report to the Senate in two weeks.

FG Releases N100bn Sukuk Bond Proceeds For 25 Road Projects

The Federal Government has released the proceeds of the N100 billion Sukuk bond for the construction and rehabilitation of 25 major road projects in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, handed over the cheque for the N100 billion to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babtunde Fashola, at a ceremony in Abuja on Thursday.

“The proceeds will be used to support government capital spending for 2017 – the construction and rehabilitation of 25 key economic roads across the six geo-political zones of the country,” she said.

“The roads will ease commuting, spur economic activities across the country and further close our infrastructural gap.”

Mrs Adeosun promised to source more funds for the development of critical infrastructure in the country.

The Sukuk bond, which was issued by the Federal in September, had been oversubscribed according to the minister, a development she said was a sign of confidence in the Nigerian government.

The Director-General of the Debt Management Office, Mrs Patience Oniha, who was present as Mrs Adeosun handed over the cheque to Mr Fashola, praised the decision to issue the Sukuk bond, which was oversubscribed to the tune of N105 billion.

FG Releases N100bn Sukuk Bond Proceeds For 25 Road Projects