Senate confirms Muazu Jaji Sambo as minister-designate
The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Muazu Jaji Sambo as minister-designate after he was screened on Tuesday.
President Muhammadu Buhari nominated Sambo as a ministerial nominee from Taraba State.
Sambo is to replace the former Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, who was sacked in September, along with Sabo Nanono, the former agriculture minister.
Sambo while fielding questions from lawmakers during his screening, expressed disappointment about the state of the Manbila power project, saying that the present state of the project is an embarrassment to the country.
He attributed the major constraint of the project to the arbitration case against the federal government in Paris.
The minister-designate also canvassed for appropriate compensation for the company that took the country to court for the project to fully kick-off for the benefits of Nigerians.
He however vowed that if he is confirmed and taken to the ministry of Power, he will fix the challenges of the Manbila power project within one year.
“I don’t know much about the problems bedevilling the project but with my professional attainment and integrity, I can fix the problems within one year,” Sambo said.
Sambo, who is a building Engineer by profession also attributed the problem of incessant building collapse in the country to a desperate attempt by house owners to cut corners, added that any building that is not put on a sound foundation will definitely face the risk of collapse.
Responding to the question on house deficit, he urged the federal government to partner with the private sector to be able to build mass housing for Nigerians stressing that there is no way the government alone can do it.