Splendid microfinance bank

Senate Clears "ex-tout" With Error On His Cv And Laughs Off "recycling" Issue - Politics - Nairaland

Ministers: Senate confirms Okonjo-Iweala, Aganga, others

By Oluwole Josiah, Abuja

Thursday, 7 Jul 2011

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the nomination of 10 additional ministers, bringing the number of ministers confirmed by the Senate to 24.

Those confirmed were World Bank Managing Director, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (South-East); immediate past Minister of Finance, Olusegun Aganga (Lagos); Prof. Barth Nnaji (Enugu); Dr. Bello Mohammed (Kebbi); Mr. Abba Moro (Benue); Dr. Samuel Ortom (Benue); Prof. Viola Onwuliri (Imo), Prof. Ita Ewa (Akwa Ibom); Senator Idris Umar (Gombe); and Chief Olusola Obada (Osun).

While Nnaji, Okonjo-Iweala, Aganga and Ewa were subjected to rigorous questioning, the others were left to go without much hassles.

Ortom was asked to take a bow and go after senators were stirred by an account of his background as a school dropout, a motor park tout and one who struggled to attain education through very difficult means.

After running through his curriculum vitae, Senator Ehigie Uzamere, moved a motion, asking the Senate to allow Ortom to take a bow without further question because of his sincerity in uncovering his background.

The motion was promptly seconded and passed after the President of the Senate, David Mark, put the question to a voice vote.

Bello, the Acting Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, also received a “bow and go” approval, but not without a little ruffling of his feathers by Senator Kabir Marafa, who is of the All Nigerian Peoples Party.

Marafa asked Mohammed while he was not towing the line of an elder statesman, by retiring from the scene instead of continuing to be ‘recycled’ in government circles since the First Republic.

Marafa said, “When will you give room for fresh blood in Kebbi State? When I was in primary school, you were a commissioner in the old Sokoto State. Forty years after, you are standing here in this chamber to be screened as minister.”

First off, let me make it clear that I have no issues with anyone starting from humble backgrounds and pulling himself up by his own bootstraps.

The bit I watched yesterday of the senate screening of ministerial nominees was to me nauseating.

A man who said he started his "working career" as a motor park tout and in the course of reading his academic qualifications pointed out that there was a ten-year error in the date of his obtaining his WAEC school certificate. He also said he obtained his doctorate degree from a university in Belize whose name I did not catch was asked to simply "bow and go".

I can just imagine someone going to a job interview and saying he started his carreer as a tout, pointing out an error on his CV and capping it att by saying he obtained his highest degree from an obscure institution being appluaded by his interviewers. Comical!

While some may argue that the honourable minister (that is what he is now), was being sincere by stating that he started out as a tout and that might give hope to some other (If you think I am referring to the likes of Auxiliary and Tokyo. you are OYO [On Your Own]), one could also argue that everyone of the other nominees could have presented a romantic pat of their life to play to the gallery and ease their clearance as the minister did is declaring that he dropped out of school due to poverty.

The senators were obviously acting out a script with the manner Senator Ehigie Uzamere, moved a motion, asking the Senate to allow Ortom to take a bow without further question because of his sincerity in uncovering his background and the  motion was promptly seconded and passed after the President of the Senate, David Mark, put the question to a voice vote without any objection from senators who showed off their "superior knowledge: by tasking the "enlightened and more fortunate" nominees like Okonjo-Iweala, Aganga, Nnaji and Onwuliri.

The "bow and go" session of the senators with Dr. Ortam followed a similar one with  Mr. Abba Moro (also from Benue State) who was asked him to bow and go because he ran a successful political campaign for the PDP in Benue state. Pathetic!

It was obvious that these two nominees were cleared in this manner because o their affiliation to the Senate President who is from their state.

On the recycling issue, I started watching the session with the ex-PDP chairman (I believe he is ex now), when Senator Smart Adeyemi (PDP

Kogi) stood up to raise a point of order that an uncomplimentary language had been used to address the chairman of the largest political party in Africa.

At this point, the senate president began to ask senators from Kebbi State (Bello's home state) if there was "fresh air" in their state and then proceed to ask for a voice vote after a motion to ask Bello to bow and go had been moved.

I know that Senator Kabir Marafa is of the opposition party and could have been up to some "mischief" by asking the questions he asked but really, those were pertinent questions!

I reiterate:

Marafa asked Mohammed while he was not towing the line of an elder statesman, by retiring from the scene instead of continuing to be ‘recycled’ in government circles since the First Republic.

Marafa said, “When will you give room for fresh blood in Kebbi State? When I was in primary school, you were a commissioner in the old SokotoState. Forty years after, you are standing here in this chamber to be screened as minister.”

I was a motor-park tout, ministerial nominee tells Senate

Wednesday, 06 July 2011 18:30 administrator   . By Richard Ihediwa

A ministerial nominee, Dr. Samuel Ioraer Ortom from Benue state surprised many senators yesterday during his screening, as he pointedly told them that he started his working life as a motor-park tout.

According to him, he did this before he later went to school to earn his doctorate degree. This whipped up sentiments in his favor as some Senators expressed satisfaction with his sense of honesty.

Dr Ortom, who until his nomination was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national auditor made references to his humble background as he tried to convince senators on why he thinks he is suited to serve as a minister .

He was eventually, cleared as ministers by the Senate along with former Minister of Finance and Managing Director of the World Bank, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala (Abia), the acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed (Kebbi) and seven others.

Others cleared by the Senate yesterday include the immediate past Minister of Finance, Olusegun Aganga (Lagos); former Special Adviser to the President on Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji (Enugu); Senator Idris Umar (Gombe); Comrade Abba Moro (Benue); Prof. Viola Onwuliri (Imo); Erelu Olusola Obada (Osun) and Prof. Ita Okon Bassey Ewa (Cross Rivers).

While Okonjo-Iweala, Nnaji, Aganga, Obada, Onwuliri were grilled by the Senate, senators allowed the PDP acting national chairman and the national auditor as well as Senator Umar and Moro, the campaign director for Senate President David Mark in the 2011 National Assembly election to bow and go.

Aganga was confirmed despite the opposition from Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) members from Lagos state. 

The Senate President overruled a question posed to the PDP acting national chairman by Senator Kabiru Marafa (ANPP Zamfara), who queried his decision to become a minister even when he has been in government circle for over 40 years and asked him when he will “allow fresh air into Kebbi state”.

However, introducing himself to the Senate, the PDP national auditor said he was a school drop-out and a motor-park tout in Benue state. Ortom said he dropped out of school because of poverty and became a motor-park tout before he moved to become a taxi driver in other to make ends meet.

“I dropped out of school because of poverty. I started my working life as a tout in a motor-park in Benue state before I became a taxi driver,” he said.

Also answering questions, Nnaji declared that the Federal Government would need to inject the N1.5 trillion ($100 billion) into the power sector if the country must achieve stable power supply in the next 10 years.

Jonnie,

I am rather surprised at your naivety (with all due respect).

How can an intelligent man like you expect any thing different from these charlatans?

These man and women are in a different world.they do not care about you and i nor the poor masses.

Boko Haram can bomb the whole country for all they care.Even if one of them is caught up in the bombings, they will just carry on wth biz as usual.

They can only be bothered if their source of looting is threatened extensively or cut off while they are still alive.

Irrespective of their Party affilations,they are all the same.

You call this fresh air?

a govt that has two SA for special duties and one for ethics and values?

Source: www.nairaland.com

Category: Payday loans

Similar articles: