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Senate confirms Mu’azu Sambo as minister

The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Mu’azu Jaji Sambo from Taraba State as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The ministeri...


The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Mu’azu Jaji Sambo from Taraba State as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


The ministerial nominee was confirmed after a brief screening on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday.


Sambo will replace either the sacked Mamman Sale (Minister of Power) or Sabo Nanono (Minister of Agriculture), who the President Muhammadu Buhari sacked in September.


Buhari had in a letter dated December 8, 2021, requested the Senate to confirm Sambo’s nomination.


In the letter, the President explained that the request was made in accordance with Section 147(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).


At the screening, Sambo told the lawmakers that he knew the problem stalling the commencement of the Mambilla power project.


He also assured the Senate that he would make a difference within a year in office if posted to the power ministry.

 

Sambo said he had worked in the insurance, banking and maritime sectors for 35 years.


He also said he had gathered requisite experience to help the present administration fix the country’s infrastructural deficit.


He said, “The experience I’ve gathered in the course of my 35 years in service which spanned different fields, will help Mr President in his drive to fix the infrastructural deficit in the country.”


Responding to questions on the Mambilla power project, the nominee said it was disappointing that Nigerians, in 2021, were still talking about the project, which has been on the drawing board since the days of the First Republic.


He said the major constraint stalling the take-off of the project has been an arbitration case in Paris.


The minister-designate said, “There must be a way we can compensate the company that took us to court. If I’m posted to the power ministry upon confirmation by the Senate, I will definitely make a difference in one year. I know where the problem is and I can crack it.”

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