Nigeria’s Executives Ratify Lake Chad Basin Charter

Lake-Chad-BasinThe Executive Arm of Government in Nigeria has ratified the Lake Chad Basin Charter signed in 2012.

The Charter was ratified at the meeting of the Federal Executive Council in Abuja on Wednesday.

It would be sent to the National Assembly for enactment into law.

Threatened By Climate Change

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, who hinted reporters about the ratification after the council’s meeting, said the lake had been threatened by climate change and that effort was being made to ensure the lake is safe from extinction.

The council at the meeting looked at the last one year of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, assessing the progress so far, the challenges encountered and the tasks members of the council still have to tackle.

After the meeting the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said that the council also considered developments in the mining sector and looked at more exploration needed in that sector.

Poor monitoring had affected the activities of the ministry in terms of checking miners’ activities to ensure that it conforms with standards.

Do Something Urgent

To boost monitoring, however, the Federal Executive Council approved the direct procurement of four-wheel patrol vehicles produced by Nissan for Mines Inspectorate Division of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

Dr. Fayemi cited the killing of miners in Zamfara State, saying that the ministry for over a decade, does not have surveillance vehicles to check such unfortunate incidence and oversee mining activities in other states.

According to him, the approval was a show of the commitment of the Buhari’s administration to developing mining activities in Nigeria.

The vehicles will cost 326,781 million Naira.

The assessment of the performance of the council is coming one year after the cabinet was constituted by President Buhari months after he was sworn in.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in August urged rich countries to do something urgent to save the Lake Chad from extinction, arising from the effects of climate change.

he made the call at a meeting with the Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs Irina Bokova, in Abuja.

President Buhari warned that the failure to regenerate the Lake Chad would lead to another round of migration by the people living in the areas.

The President said Nigeria and the other countries of the Lake Chad Basin lacked the billions of dollars required to channel water from the Congo Basin into the lake to check its rapid depletion.

“Those living in the Lake Chad region have suffered untold hardship and displacement because of the violence perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists.

“If there is no farming and fishing, they will dare the desert to migrate.

“Unless the developed countries make concerted efforts to complete the feasibility study, mobilize resources and technology to start the water transfer from the Congo Basin, the Lake Chad will dry up.

“The people will go somewhere and they will create problems for those countries,” the President told the visiting UN official.

The lake is said to have shrunk by over 90 per cent in the last 50 years, a reason the Nigerian government is making efforts to save the lake.

President Buhari Arrives In China

Muhammadu-Buhari-Arrives-ChinaNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has arrived in the People’s Republic of China for a state visit.

According to the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, President Buhari was welcomed at the Beijing Capital International Airport by China’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Cheng Guoping, alongside other senior Chinese government officials.

Also at the airport were the Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, and the Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Geidam.

Other Nigerian government’s functionaries at the airport were the Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi, Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, and Minister of Defence, Dan Monsur Ali.

The President left Abuja on Sunday for a working visit to China aimed at securing greater support from Beijing for the development of Nigeria’s infrastructure, especially in the power, roads, railways, aviation, water supply and housing sectors.

Considering Chinese Panda Bond

It is expected that in the course of the visit, several new agreements and memorandums of understanding to boost trade and economic relations between Nigeria and China would be concluded and signed.

The agreements include a Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the National Development and Reform Commission of the Peoples’ Republic of China to boost industrial activities and infrastructural development in Nigeria.

Others are a Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Communications and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, and a Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and China on Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

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Minister of finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said Nigeria was also considering Japanese bond

Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, had told reporters after a meeting with the business and investment community early on Saturday in Lagos, that the government was considering the possibility of issuing Chinese panda bond to make up for the deficit in the 2016 budget.

She said that the government’s objective was to borrow the cheapest possible money.

The breakfast meeting focused on the imperatives for fiscal discipline, investment and diversification of the domestic economy in the face of strong local and international headwinds such as the steady decline in oil prices and weak global economic growth.

Shittu, Khadija Ibrahim Screened By Senate

SenateThe ministerial nominees from Oyo and Yobe states, Mr Adebayo Shittu and Mrs Khadija Abba Ibrahim, have been screened by the Senate and asked to take a bow and leave.

Shittu took a bow and left after he had answered several questions from the senators, ranging from religion to politics, activism and governance.

Shittu addressed the perception that he was a religious extremist by stating that he has never been indicted by any panel of inquiry for religious intolerance as he is not a fanatic or a religious extremist.

He revealed that his secretary for many years is a Christian and wife of a Pastor with whom he has had a cordial working relationship.

Adebayo Shittu, who has served as a legislator, commissioner and Attorney-General in Oyo State, noted that his personality did not hamper his past political successes.

While affirming his commitment to seeing Nigerians live a moral life, he was of the view that religion should be made compulsory in educational institutions.

Answering questions on the possibility of being put in charge of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Shittu said that he would ensure that grassroots sports is developed to the maximum as this remained the best way to develop the sector.

Mrs Abba Ibrahim’s screening, however, took less time as she was asked to take a bow and leave after a dramatic exchange of banters among the senators, one of whom is the nominee’s husband, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim.

Senate Resumes Screening Of Ministerial Nominees

ministerial nomineesThe Nigerian Senate has changed its approach as it resumes the screening of ministerial nominees in Abuja.

Only Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Adebayo Shittu and Claudius Daramola would  be screened today, Tuesday, October 20.

This is according to Chairman Senate Adhoc Committee on Media and Public Matter, Dino Melaye.

He said that the Senate has pruned down the number of nominees screened daily in order to have a more thorough exercise.

He explained that the decision was made in response to the yearnings of Nigerians who have criticized the Senate’s approach during the already held screenings and asked for a more thorough screening exercise.

The Senate is also to lay down report of the petition on former Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi and screen the former governor on Wednesday.

The nomination of Mr Amaechi has generated a lot of controversy following petitions from a group in Rivers State accusing him of fraudulent practices during his tenure as Governor of Rivers State.

Eighteen ministerial nominees were screened and confirmed last week before the Senate shifted the exercise to Tuesday.

The first list of nominees was sent to the Senate on September 30 by President Muhammadu Buhari while a second list was sent on October 12.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, had said that the Senate would adopt measures that are in line with the provisions of the Constitution in carrying out the screening exercise.

Next Batch Of Ministerial Screening Begins Tuesday   

MinisterialBarring any last minute change of plans, the Senate is expected to conclude the screening of the second batch of ministerial nominees on Wednesday.

The screening exercise, which resumes on Tuesday, would have the former governor of Rivers State, Chibuke Amaechi take his turn alongside another nominee, Adebayo Shittu.

The nomination of Mr Amaechi has generated a lot of controversy following petitions from a group in Rivers State accusing him of fraudulent practices during his tenure as Governor of Rivers State.

Latest reports from the Nigeria Police said that the Police was still profiling the remaining nominees.

Sixteen nominees are in the second list read on the floor of the Senate by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. Already 18 others in the first batch of nominees have been confirmed by the Senate.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mrs Olabisi Kolawole, says screening of the second of nominees has commenced but is yet to be concluded.

She, however, gave the assurance that no ministerial nominee would be dropped by the Police.

Amaechi, Fashola, Make Ministerial Nominees’ List

Ministerial List

It was like the proverbial masquerade whose face would never be seen but at long last the masquerade has been unmasked by the Senate as the Senate President on Tuesday read out the list of ministerial nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari.

One by one they were revealed; most known and a few making their debut on the national scene.

Dr. Bukola Saraki unveiled the names of the men and women that are expected to make up the President’s cabinet if they scale through their screening on Tuesday.

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Some of the notable names on the list are former governors; Babatunde Fashola, Kayode Fayemi, Rotimi Amaechi and Dr. Chris Ngige.

The ministerial list has;

1. Dr. Chris Ngige – Fmr. Governor of Anambra State

2. Dr. Kayode Fayemi – Fmr. Governor of Ekiti State

3. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi – Fmr. Governor of Rivers State

4. Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN – Fmr. Governor of Lagos State

5. Gen. Abdurrahman Dambazau (Rtd.) – Fmr. Chief of Defence Staff

6. Hajiya Aisha Alhassan – Fmr. Federal Lawmaker and Governorship Candidate

7. Dr. Ogbonaya Onu – Fmr. Governor of Abia State and Fmr. National Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (which is part of the ruling All Progressives Congress)

8. Mrs. Kemi Adeosun – Fmr. Commissioner for Finance in Ogun State (South West Nigeria)

9. Alh. Abubakar Malami – A Senior Advocate of Nigeria

10. Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu – Group Managing Director, NNPC

11. Chief Audu Ogbeh – Fmr. Minister of Agricultural and Fmr. National Chairman of PDP

12. Sen. Hadi Sidika – Fmr. Federal Lawmaker

13. Ibrahim Usman Jibril

14. Udoma Udoh Udoma – Fmr. Federal Lawmaker

15. Ahmed Musa

16. Alh. Lai Mohammed – Nat. Publicity Secretary of APC

17. Suleiman Adamu

18. Chief Adebayo Shittu

19. Solomon Dalong – A Legal Practitioner

20.  Amina Ibrahim – Special Adviser to the United Nation’s Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning.

Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki, announced that the screening of ministerial nominees on the list would commence on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

Minority Leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, raised a Point of Order on the need for the list of the nominees to cover all states of the federation. This was greeted with reactions from the lawmakers.