By FAVOUR NNABUGWU
After ten months of careful screening by the police, State Security Service and the National Assembly, the Senate is yet to clear three out of the 14 members of the 4th governing board of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan even as the board was inaugurated yesterday.
President Goodluck Jonathan at the inauguration of the agency board members that were appointed on September 15, 2011, in Abuja yesterday, said that the three members would join the board as soon as they are cleared by the Senate.
He explained that arrangements were made to hasten up the inauguration of the board members but added that the inauguration was delayed till yesterday to allow security operatives and the Senate carry out thoroughly screening of the members.
Among the three that are yet to be cleared include representatives of the South-East zone, Federal Ministry of Finance, and Petroleum Products, Pricing & Regulatory Agency, PPPRA.
The 11 board members that were inaugurated yesterday by Mr President who was represented by the Minister of Works, Arc Mike Onolememen and witnessed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President Jonathan on Political Matters, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak included FERMA managing director, Engr Gabriel Amuchi; Engr Ezekiel Adeniji, as chairman of the board, Barr Ahmadu Maigari, former deputy governor of Taraba state, who is representing the North-East on the board, Mr Otuekong Okon-Nkanga representing South-South, Alhaji Ahmed Gasua, representing North-West, Rtd Navy Captain Olatunji Shelle, South-West; Samuel Gwomna, North-Central, Barr Chidi Nwachukwu, representing federal Road Safety Corps, Alhaji Ibrahim Bataiya, Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO; Engr Tanko Audu, NAPTHO and Engr Bala Shehu, representing Federal Ministry of Works.
“Soon after your appointment, arrangements were put in place for the speedy inauguration of your board but for the provision to go through the screening and confirmation process of the Senate in line with FERMA Amendment Act, 2007”, he said.