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The waiting game is on. Nigerians since May 29 inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second in office have been looking forward to having the list of ministers that would join him to deliver dividends of democracy to their doorsteps.

Last week, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said they were expecting the list of ministerial nominees...

The waiting game is on. Nigerians since May 29 inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second in office have been looking forward to having the list of ministers that would join him to deliver dividends of democracy to their doorsteps.

Last week, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said they were expecting the list of ministerial nominees which was likely to get to them before the end of the week encouraging his colleagues to expect the list and in another way urging them to be ready to shelve their holiday until the lists comes, so that Nigerians would not be kept waiting while the Senate is on their annual recess. In the first term, it was for six harrowing months.

Nigerians were, however, shocked when the following day President Muhammadu Buhari came out to say that he will not rush to make appointments, signaling a possible further delay before he comes up with the appointments. He said “I will not appoint as ministers individuals I do not know, only tested and capable individuals who can deliver on their mandates will make his ministerial list. I had to accept the names and recommendations from the party and other individuals in my first term.”

What this means is that; the last set of ministers was imposed on him. There are many people who claim to have supported the President for his election and as such put him under intense pressure to take up their nominees for the ministerial list. Understandably, the party organ also places the president under intense pressure to take up persons they believe worked for the success of the party in the various states as ministers. But this should be with minimal delays.

Part of the problem of appointing ministers into the federal cabinet is the constitutional provision that mandates such appointments to cover all the federating states. It implies that the federal executive council (FEC) has to be made up of at least 36 members.

In his first term, as it were, President Buhari barely knew some of the ministers in his cabinet. In his words: “ most of them, the majority of them I didn’t know them. I worked with them for three and half years at least – meeting twice or two weeks in a month.” That was what may have been responsible for the shortfall these past years. It is therefore my considered opinion this time around that Mr. President needs to go round the states to get 36 loyal, credible and honest persons so that at the end of the day, he takes full responsibility for the performance of his administration.

He has said that this time around, he will pick people he personally knows and that is welcomed. But what I hear Nigerians saying is that picking your choice candidates shouldn’t take too long a time to do. President Buhari needs to save the nation, the agony of going for months again without ministers. It is about exercising his powers to hire and fire. He should send the list to the National Assembly regardless of what some pressuring interests have to say. If anyone of them is not performing up to expectations of Nigerians, he reserves the right to fire such a Minister and replace immediately.

The urgency Nigerians want the president to release the ministerial list is anchored on a number of reasons. At the moment, the economy is suffering. Insecurity is heightening, and it is as though the nation is at a crossroads and Buhari alone cannot deliver on the mandate given him. He sure needs men and women who would join him to deliver on the mandate given to him by Nigerians. Nigerians expect that his experience of the last four years should be called to play in picking his ministers without any further delay.

Although there is the cliché that government is a continuum, but the reality on ground is that there is a limit to which permanent secretaries currently in charge of ministries can take decisions on major projects without the approval of the Federal Executive Council which is yet to be constituted.

Already, some key ministries are affected by the lack of ministers, some of which are Health, Defense, Budget and National Planning as well as and Education. In some of the ministries, government businesses have been almost brought to its knees as a result of the absence of ministers. President Buhari needs to move quickly to send the list to the National Assembly that is now pro-APC.

It is also important that the lawmakers should partner with the executive arm of government in leaving appreciable legacies for the country as he begins the second term.

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Mr. Dan Owegie is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Edo State....

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  1.   15 July 2019
  2.   observer

BENIN CITY – The Director-General of the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dikko Umaru Radda, has commended Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on his prudent allocation of the state’s limited resources to improve critical sectors such as infrastructure and education.

He gave the commendation at a capacity...

BENIN CITY – The Director-General of the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dikko Umaru Radda, has commended Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on his prudent allocation of the state’s limited resources to improve critical sectors such as infrastructure and education.

He gave the commendation at a capacity building programme for Business Membership Organisations (BMOs) held in Benin City, Edo State, with the theme, “Unlocking Business Membership Organisations (BMOs) growth to drive global competitiveness.”

Dikko, represented by Friday Okpara, Director, Policy, Partnership and Coordination, SMEDAN, said similar capacity building programmes for BMOs were held in Imo and Kano states in 2017, noting that Edo State was chosen for the 2019 programme due to its strategic position as the gateway to the South-South and South-East zones of Nigeria.

He added that the choice of the state was also informed by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration’s disposition and resolve to frugally apply the state’s resources to critical sectors such as infrastructure and education which put the state on the path of prosperity and sustainable development.

“Your Excellency, your economic development plan of opening up investment opportunities with priority given to initiatives that promote the state’s competitive advantage in agriculture and human capital development is commendable. Your dedication has triggered a renewed drive to create cities with modern facilities, industrial hubs and business clusters that will strengthen the MSMEs towards global competitiveness,” the Director-General said.

Dikko added, “The vision being concretised under your administration is to reposition the state as the nucleus of micro, small and medium enterprises in Nigeria.”

He said Nigeria must work to ensure standardisation of its products in order to benefit more from the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement and to meet global competitiveness.

In his remarks, Governor Obaseki, stressed the need to diversify the economy by putting the appropriate policies in place and collaborating with the private sector.

The governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Wealth Creation, Cooperatives and Employment, Joe Edionwe, said the state had put measures in place to reinvigorate the economy....

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  1.   15 July 2019
  2.   observer

BENIN CITY – In furtherance of Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration’s focus on skills development, the management of Edo State Polytechnic, Usen, has finalised modalities for the establishment of the Centre for Environmental Governance and Conservation and the Centre for Apprenticeship and Skills Trade at the institution.

Rector of the...

BENIN CITY – In furtherance of Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration’s focus on skills development, the management of Edo State Polytechnic, Usen, has finalised modalities for the establishment of the Centre for Environmental Governance and Conservation and the Centre for Apprenticeship and Skills Trade at the institution.

Rector of the school, Prof. Abiodun Falodun, who disclosed this in a chat with journalists, said the centres are part of holistic plans to transform the polytechnic into a centre of excellence in entrepreneurship and environment management.

According to him, “We are well aware that Governor Godwin Obaseki has the issue of skills development as a cardinal point for his administration. That is one of the reasons we are opening the centre. At the same time, we are also worried that many technical jobs in the country are being done by foreigners. As a polytechnic, skills development falls within our mandate. That is why we are setting up the Centre for Apprenticeship and Skills Trade to bridge the gap between the town and the gown.”

He noted that the school authorities are in talks with the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and the National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB) on how we can have the Polytechnic as a rallying point in formalising apprenticeship and skills trade.

He explained that the two centres will join others already up and running in the school, which include the Centre for Geospatial Information Science (CGIS); Centre for Entrepreneurship and Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, among others.

He said that the state government and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) play instrumental role to the success being recorded in the school, adding that the school also needs the support of more stakeholders to continue in its march to become one of the top-rated higher institutions of learning in Edo State and in Nigeria at large.

According to Falodun, the Centre for Environmental Governance and Conservation is aimed at galvanising effort for the conseravtion of the forest belt in Ovia axis of the state, as well as other areas that are at risk of deforestation.

“The new centre will benefit from the equipment in the CGIS to monitor and manage the forestbelt in our immediate environment and pioneer groundbreaking work in environmental conservation in this part of the state, which will later be extrapolated to other parts of Edo and Nigeria,” the Rector said....

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  1.   15 July 2019
  2.   observer

BENIN CITY – A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Mr. Charles Idahosa, has warned against attempts to push Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, out of the APC, a plot he said will spell doom for the party in the state.

Idahosa gave the warning while addressing journalists in Benin City, the Edo State capital, on...

BENIN CITY – A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Mr. Charles Idahosa, has warned against attempts to push Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, out of the APC, a plot he said will spell doom for the party in the state.

Idahosa gave the warning while addressing journalists in Benin City, the Edo State capital, on Monday.

He reiterated his earlier stance that APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is responsible for the ongoing crisis rocking the party in the state, noting, “Seid Oshiomhole has exposed Adams Oshiomhole on how their activity is generating money in Abuja while they are working against the progress of Edo State.”

He warned, “If by Edobook of commission or omission, Governor Obaseki is pushed out of the APC, the party is dead in the state and I will go with the governor to anywhere he goes.”

The APC leader described Oshiomhole as ungrateful to Governor Obaseki who he said played a vital role for Oshiomhole to become Governor of Edo State, adding, “Oseni Elama was the man that facilitated Adams Oshiomhole’s meeting with Godwin Obaseki before he (Oshiomhole) became Governor of Edo State. After that meeting, Oshiomhole had no money on him, but Obaseki brought in people to launch the seed money which amounted to billions of naira which Oshiomhole used to run his governorship campaign.”

He continued, “Chief Lucky Igbinedion and his father, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion alongside Osagie Ize-Iyamu also moved in with new set of people to raise money to assist Oshiomhole’s campaign. He won the election but today you can’t point to anyone who Oshiomhole shows gratitude to.”

“Oshiomhole who doesn’t understand the blueprint of governance pleaded with Obaseki to become chairman of his economic team, which he accepted and worked with him for eight years without pay,” he added.

He urged the APC National Chairman to allow Governor Obaseki concentrate on developing Edo State as any attempt to deny Obaseki the APC 2020 governorship ticket will be resisted by Edo people.

“Oshiomhole should please leave the governor alone to run the state to the best of his ability because nobody interfered with his own administration when he was governor of the state.”

“We don’t know why Oshiomhole has insisted on producing the Speaker for the State House of Assembly. During his tenure, nobody made the choice for him,” Idahosa stressed....

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  1.   15 July 2019
  2.   observer

BENIN CITY – The Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA) has cleared six commissioner-nominees whose names were recently sent to the House by Governor Godwin Obaseki in a major cabinet reshuffle.

During its plenary session at the Anthony Enahoro Assembly Complex, in Benin City, on Monday, July 15, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Frank Okiye, introduced the...

BENIN CITY – The Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA) has cleared six commissioner-nominees whose names were recently sent to the House by Governor Godwin Obaseki in a major cabinet reshuffle.

During its plenary session at the Anthony Enahoro Assembly Complex, in Benin City, on Monday, July 15, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Frank Okiye, introduced the commissioner-nominees to the House after Chairman of the Screening Committee, Hon. Roland Asoro, reported that the assembly has screened the candidates.

The commissioner-nominees are Damian Lawani; Joe Ikpea; Felix Akhabue; Moses Agbakor; Momoh Oise Omorogbe and Marie Edeko.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Okiye tasked them to see their new assignment as a call to service and join the Godwin Obaseki-led administration in moving Edo State to enviable heights....

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  1.   15 July 2019
  2.   observer
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The waiting game is on. Nigerians since May 29 inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second in office have been...
BENIN CITY – The Director-General of the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dikko Umaru Radda, has commended Edo...
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