Ministerial screening has commenced in the senate.
First off the block was former senator Udoma Udoma from Akwa Ibom State who appeared on the floor looking confident and was well appreciated by his former colleagues.
Udoma said he was “impressed by the president’s integrity and abhorrence of corruption. I was flattered and honored by his confidence in me to come and help. I will give my best.”
The former senate chief whip said his private sector experience places him in good stead as he is chairman of both the UAC and UBA. He was also the pioneer chairman of the Corporate Affairs Commission and was recently the chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
“I won’t be going to learn about issues. I feel ready and prepared,” he said.
He was not immediately asked to take a bow and go, a privilege usually given to former senators. The Senate president asked him about policies to push foreign investments. Udoma responded that right now Nigeria is ranked 170 out of 189 on the issue of ease of doing business. He said “there has to be consistency. Investors like consistency not chopping and changing. You must tell what your plans are. We have to look at our tax policies.”
When the deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, posed a question to him on PIB and national conference, senators shouted that he should bebe allowed to take bow and go.
Minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, in seconding the motion for him to take a bow said, “I second the motion that this distinguished man of honour who is similar to the President in terms of integrity be allowed to bow and go.”
After him was the former Ekiti governor Kayode Fayemi.