– Specifically recommends that the president buhari assign Mr Goddy Agba to the petroleum ministry
–Says ministerial list filled with accomplished technocrats who have distinguished themselves in their various fields and political arena.
As the Senate concludes its ministerial screening on Tuesday, a coalition of advocacy groups, Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to assign the nominees to ministries based on their experience and achievements.
The group specifically recommended that the president assign Mr Goddy Agba to the petroleum ministry. Agba, a former Group General Manager of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and a well experienced oil and gas top shot, is the ministerial nominee from Cross River state.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, CSGGG president, Comrade Dominic Ogakwu, advised President Buhari to “thoroughly look at the CVs of the nominees and assign them to ministries they would be familiar with.”
Comrade Ogakwu said: “We are glad that the ministerial list is filled with accomplished technocrats who have distinguished themselves in their various fields and in the political arena.
“We urge the president to ensure that the nominees, when confirmed by the Senate, be assigned to ministries where they are familiar with or have adequate experience in the sector.
“For instance, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, an accomplished engineer, should be posted to the ministry of works, where he has wide range experience and can exhibit his expertise.
“Major-General Bashir Salihi Magashi, a retired army general and ECOMOG veteran, should ideally be appointed as the defence minister, to bring his experience to bare in the ministry.”
Throwing more light on why the coalition recommended Agba as the minister of petroleum, Comrade Ogakwu said the Cross River-born politician is a core politician.
According to him, Agba is well equipped in terms of experience and excellence to manage the ministry of petroleum.
“Agba has the gravitas to meaningfully consolidate and further transform the oil and gas sector beyond where it is today.
“He has pedigree, requisite education and cosmopolitan exposure to do exploits in the industry,” Comrade Ogakwu stated.
He noted that the petroleum industry is very key in the Next Level agenda of President Buhari, adding that, “the industry should not be left in the hands of rookie.”
Reports revealed that Agba, 60, contested for governorship in Cross River state previously.
He is also said to be a very experienced politician with a lot of goodwill in his home state of Cross River.