Chris Ngige, one of the ministerial nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday said the president considered experience while selecting members of his would-be cabinet.
Addressing state house correspondents on Friday, the former governor of Anambra state, expressed optimism that the nominees would assist the president to deliver on his campaign promises.
“If you look at the list very critically, you will observe Mr President wants to go on his voyage with people who have cognate experience in governance,” he said.
“When I mean cognate experience, we are talking of people who have been tested, tried and trusted by their various people.
“So, I don’t think Nigerians should expect anything less than what Mr President is already doing from that team.
“The team will help Mr President to deliver on most of the promises he made to Nigerian people, in fact much more quickly than is even envisaged because I don’t think there is anybody on that list that you can call a pushover in terms of government business.”
Ngige also declared support for the criteria that the senate adopted for the screening exercise, saying he is fully prepared for the exercise.
Dino Melaye, spokesman of the 8th senate, had announced on Thursday that each nominee must be endorsed by at least two senators from their state and also show proof of asset declaration at the code of conduct bureau.
“Why should I be bordered? The senate is populated by elder statesmen and women and what they say they would do is in conformity with the laws of the land,” he said in response to the issue of criteria.
Dismissing the argument that there are no young people on the list, the ex-lawmaker said: “Am I analogue? Don’t let Anambra people hear that you called me analogue. I am digital and I don’t know who is analogue on that list.” (TheCable)