17 January 2013

Nigeria: Jonathan Asks Senate to Approve Turaki, Nebo As Ministers

Abuja — EIGHT months after the former Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Haliru Mohammed was removed as Minister of Defence, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday forwarded Kabiru Tanimu Turaki as a ministerial nominee from Kebbi State.

Jonathan also sent to the Senate for confirmation, Prof. Chinedu Nebo as the ministerial nominee from Enugu State; six months after the former Minister for Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji resigned.

Jonathan had earlier requested the Senate to approve N253,199,752,409 as the budget for the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, in the 2013 fiscal year, just as he sought the Senate's nod for consideration and confirmation of re-appointment of Alhaji Seleiman Barau as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

He informed the Senate of his administration's decision to celebrate the centenary anniversary of the amalgamation of Southern and Northern Nigeria in 1914.

Jonathan, in a letter conveying his request, said that out of the amount, N155,660,399.641 was for capital expenditure while N48,034,818,410 and N49,504,534,358 would be for personnel and overhead costs, respectively.

The president, in the letter, dated November 30, last year to the Senate President said his request was in line with Section 299 of the 1999 Constitution which vested legislative powers over the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, on the National Assembly.

He appealed to the Senate to give the FCT budget proposal a speedy passage.

On the re-appointment of Alhaji Barau as CBN Deputy Governor, CBN, President Jonathan said his decision was based on the provisions of Section 8(1 & 2) of the CBN Act, 2007.

Jonathan, also stated in his letter asking the Senate to confirm the nomination of the proposed ministers that it was "In accordance with Section 147(2) of the 1999 Constitution... as amended."

He also forwarded CVs of Kabiru Tanimu Turaki and Prof. Chinedu Nebo, for consideration.

"While trusting that this exercise will receive the traditional prompt attention of the Senate, please accept, Mr. Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration."

The former deputy governor of Osun State, Erelu Olusola Obada had been acting as Defence Minister since Dr Mohammed was relieved of his job. Earlier, the name of the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Senator Adamu Aliero made the rounds as the person from Kebbi to replace Bello Mohammed.

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