Yobe Government Seeks FG’s Collaboration To Fight Desertification

yobe state governor-Ibrahim-GaidamThe Yobe State Government is seeking an effective collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria in a bid to fight its most threatening ecological problem, desertification.

The State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, made the appeal when the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, accompanied by the Minister of State Environment, Usman Jibril, visited the state on Monday, as part of their plans to assess ecological problems facing Nigeria.

Governor Gaidam, represented by his Deputy, Abubakar Aliyu, said that concerted efforts to cope with the encroaching desert, erosion, flood among others were being done by the State Government, but environmental problems had continued to threaten several means of livelihood of its inhabitants.

The Governor said that the southern part of the state was hit by erosion while desertification continued to move into the hinterland from the northern part of the state bordering the Republic of Niger despite several efforts. According to him, the development has called for urgent attention.

Governor Gaidam told the Federal Government officials that list of the ecological problems were being compiled and would soon be forwarded to the Federal Government for consideration.

He said tree planting, embankments and alternative energy source among other interventions had been worked out over the years but to no avail.

The Minister of Environment said that the aim of their visit was to address the climate change and environmental issues such as; erosion in the east, pollution in the Niger Delta, Atlantic and pollution around Lagos State and desertification in the north, with a view to looking at what state and local governments are doing to pave way for effective synergy to fight ecological problems bedeviling the oil-rich nation.

In an interview with reporters, the Minister said that the involvement of relevant stakeholder was key to the change agenda, stressing that lack of synergy had led to the failure of most strategies aimed at solving the issues.

Any involvement done in tackling the problems, according to her, will be continued rather than the previous methods of not involving the relevant stakeholders.

Mrs Mohammed said that people would be inspired to plant and nurture economic trees among other means of livelihood, pointing out that if the economy is working, it will be mutually beneficial to both the government and the citizenry.

The team is expected to visit other frontline states in the north-east with a view to addressing the ecological problems as well as educating the people on climatic change for better environment.

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.