The Senate yesterday confirmed Mr. Kabiru Tanimu Turaki and Prof. Chinedu Osita Nebo as ministers.
The names of Turaki (Kebbi State) and Nebo (Enugu State) were last week forwarded to the Senate by President Goodluck Jonathan for confirmation.
The lawmakers unanimously gave their nod for the appointment of the ministerial candidates after they were adjudged to have satisfactorily answered questions posed to them by senators.
Nebo, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria , Nsukka (UNN), practically turned the question and answer session into a lecture.
He thrilled the lawmakers with his mastery of contemporary issues in the country and the way forward.
Asked how he intends to deal with the mafia in the power sector, if appointed Minister of Power, Nebo said he would chase out the demons frustrating the growth of the sector.
He said some highly placed Nigerians still believe that witches are responsible for the problems in the power sector “but I believe that God will give me the power to chase out the demons in the power sector”.
He eulogised the immediate past Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji, describing him as a “professional to the core, who was committed and did his best for the power sector but, unfortunately, something happened”.
The ministerial nominee said since he was aware that banana peels litter the landscape of the country, he would be careful.
He added that if made power minister, he would, God being on his side, chase out the demons in the sector.
The nominee also promised to study what is in place in the sector to enable him determine the best way to deal with the problems.
He also said power generation is grossly inadequate, considering the population of the country.
He noted that no house should be connected to the national grid, if it is not certified to be ready for connection.
Nebo said the country could create over 10,000 jobs by engaging those who would check houses that are ready for electricity connection.
On Ajaokuta Steel Complex, he described it as “a giant in comatose” and added that “by the spirit of God that giant will rise one day”.
Nebo said, “Sometimes, I weep for the country. If it is conspiracy problem that killed Ajaokuta, why do we allow ourselves to be used to injure our unborn children?
“We need more patriotism as a nation. Ajaokuta remains a giant in comatose, but by the spirit of God that giant will rise one day.”
He said that Ajaokuta Steel Complex and Delta Steel Rolling Mill should have turned the fortunes of the country around “but we missed it.”
Nebo also answered questions on insecurity, graduate unemployment and how to revive interest in the study of local languages.
Turaki spoke on how to combat insurgency, especially in the North, corruption, plea bargain, the petroleum industry and the electoral process.
After confirming the nominees, Senate President David Mark congratulated them and asked them to match their answers with performance.
‘To borrow the words of Professor Nebo, demons will not interfere in their performance.”
A technical problem almost disrupted the screening session as the public address system in the Senate chamber malfunctioned when Nebo was being screened.