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EXCOF: Jonathan consulted govs – Sambo

By Daniel Idonor

ABUJA — Governor Namadi Sambo of Kaduna State yesterday rose from high level secret talks with Acting President Goodluck Jonathan with a declaration that the Governors of the 36 states of the federation were duly consulted by Jonathan on the proposed composition of the Executive Council of the Federation, EXCOF.

Speaking with State House corespondents, the governor called on the leadership of the Senate to, as a matter of national priority, hasten the process of screening the ministerial nominees by ensuring they get accelerated hearing.

He said contrary to speculations, all the governors have their input as contained in the list of ministerial nominees currently before the Senate for screening and possible confirmation.

According to him, “the governors were consulted, and we made our input. Yes, the issue is that we need to move this country and good calibre, honest, dedicated, patriotic Nigerians are being considered now, from the list I have seen.

“I have read also in the papers about 25 of the former ministers are still coming back, which is part of the movement and actions that will move the country forward.”

Sambo also passed a vote of confidence in the Acting President for the manner he has handled the affairs of state, as mandated through the resolution of the National Assembly, empowering him to act as Nigeria’s president.

“It is satisfactory and now the administration will be able to have new ministers that will proceed with the necessary actions to run the country. The National Assembly is constituted of highly responsible people and they need to push the country forward and definitely I don’t foresee any delay in their taking actions,” he said.

On how he was able to achieve peace in the midst of sectarian crises in the North-Central geo-political zone, he said: “We must first of all thank God for allowing peace to continue in state but the essence here is that the Kaduna State government is being very fair  to all parties in the state.

“For example, in Kaduna State we don’t have settlers. Even if you decide today to come and live in Kaduna, I will take you as Kaduna State citizens, give your children free education, give free medication to your wives and children.

“Also, we have a very good harmonious relationship among all tribes, all religions in Kaduna State. In fact, we have a special religious harmony committee and also we have departments that attend to both religions in Kaduna State and that has greatly assisted us.

“Peace is not enjoyed by the number of police that you put in place. Peace is about fairness, it is about the people feeling safe and also for the people to believe that they have fair dealings with the people administering them.”


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