At about 10 am today, the Nigerian senate postponed the screening of the recent ministerial nominees to Tuesday 21st of October. The exercise which started two days ago has seen the senate confirm 19 people as Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. These confirmed ministers are expected to occupy certain positions, here are the predictions:

Senator Udo-Udoma – Minister of Trade and Investments

Senator Udo Udoma is the current chairman of UAC Nigeria plc, and Union Bank Nigeria plc. He is also the head of the Corporate Affairs Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. With Senator Udoma’s wealth of experience in both the corporate world, and the public sector, he could be Nigeria’s next Minister of Trade and Investment. When asked about Nigeria’s economy at the screening, he said, “We cannot turn this economy around if we rely solely on public sector; we have to focus on the private sector”.

Kayode Fayemi – Minister of State for Defence

A specialist in civil-military relations, Kayode Fayemi has a Doctorate in Philosophy in War studies from King’s College, University of London. He was also a tutor of the Nigerian Police force. Fayemi could be Nigeria’s Minister of State for Defence in Buhari’s cabinet.“Our prisons have been saturated with people who do not have access to justice … if we are tough on terror, we also need to be tough on the causes of terror,” Fayemi said at the screening, in response to questions regarding Nigeria’s internal security

Chief Audu Ogbeh – Minister of Agriculture

Audu Ogbeh has been tipped to be Nigeria’s next Minister of Agriculture. At his screening on Tuesday, his first statement was “I am Audu Ogbeh, and I am a farmer.” A former Minister of Communications, and later Minister of Mines and  Steel Development, Chief Ogbeh seemed to click into gear when asked questions on Agriculture.

Mrs Kemi Adeosun – Minister of Finance

The second-youngest of the nominees, Kemi Adeosun, is a chartered accountant by profession. A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Adeosun is predicted to be the next Minister of Finance. Regarding questions on the current state of the country’s economy, she said, “We are not in a recession, we are in a slowdown … the GDP is still good so there is positivity”.

Babatunde Raji Fashola – Minister of the Federal Capital Territory/ Minister of Works

The senate spent more time screening the former Governor of Lagos state than they did on other ministerial nominees. Based on his 8 year experience and works as the governor of ‘Africa’s Big Apple’, he could be the next Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, or Nigeria’s next Minister of Works.

Other confirmed names on the list includes Abubakar Malami, potential Minister of Justice, Amina Mohammed potential Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Ehaniere Osagie, Minister of Health and Social Services.

Source: Oreoluwa Runsewe, Ventures Africa


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