October 22, 2015

Ministerial Screening: I’m a made in Nigeria academic, says Ondo ministerial nominee

Ministerial Screening: I’m a made in Nigeria academic, says Ondo ministerial nominee

Claudius Daramola

By Ikenna Asomba 

* Blames perennial strikes in tertiary institutions on poor communication, funding, others

… As Amaechi, Lokpobiri, Mustapha ‘take a bow,’ Ocholi enters

Professor of Sociology of Education and ministerial nominee from Ondo State, Professor Claudius Omoyele Daramola, on Thursday, told the Nigerian Senate during his screening, that he was a made in Nigeria academic, giving the ‘intimidating’ content of his curriculum vitae (CV).

Claudius Daramola

Claudius Omoyele Daramola

Responding however, to question posed to him by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on what he thinks is the cause of the perennial strikes among other debilitating issues bedeviling the nation’s tertiary institutions, Daramola, among other things, blamed it on lack of communication between government and staff unions, poor funding, poor monitoring of government funds sent to academic institutions, poor monitoring of institutions by inspectorate teams, little or no training and retraining of teachers and dearth of history teachers, particularly at basic educational levels.

Also responding to question posed to him by Sen Isiaka Adeleke (Osun West Senatorial Zone), on how he hopes to nip the poor enrollment of girl-child in schools, if appointed ‘minister of education,’ Daramola suggested that the use of community radio should be re-introduced to play a major role in advocacy campaigns, particularly in rural communities across the country.

According to him, the community radio will play effective role to targeting parents residing in rural communities, especially using vernacular (their mother dialect).

Earlier, after stream of questions which lasted barely an hour, former Governor of Rivers State and ministerial nominee from the state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, was finally screened by the Senate and asked to take a bow.

Also, two-time Senator and former Speaker, Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Heineken Lokpobiri was also screened.

Being a former lawmaker, Lokpobiri, a nominee from Bayelsa was asked to take a bow after a brief introduction of himself as contained in his CV.

At the time of filing this report,  Mustapha Baba Shehuri, Borno State ministerial nominee, had already taken few questions and also asked to take a bow, being an ex-House of Representatives member.

This is even as aspirant at the All Progressives Congress (APC) guber primaries in Kogi State, Ocholi Enojo James (SAN) was Ushered into the floor of the red chamber, to answer questions from Senators.