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Recession: The Barking is Over! Sack Adeosun, Udoma & Emefiele – Senator Dino Melaye Tells President Buhari 

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Senator Dino Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye

The Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent and drastic measures, including the immediate sack of three prominent members of his Economic Team, as the solution-precedent to reboot the ailing economy.

He made this known in a statement in Abuja Sunday.

Melaye said the President must shake up his Cabinet, and accused most of the members of gross incompetence, inexcusable ineptitude and a distressing lack of capacity to deliver on the mandate of their Ministries/Agencies.

Melaye said that those to face the axe immediately, if the economy must be effectively rebooted to deliver on the Change Agenda of the present administration, include the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, Budget and National Planning Minister, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, and the governor of the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.

“At the moment, it must be crystal clear to all discerning minds that the President’s widely-acclaimed magical body language has lost its presumed aura and efficacy. His no-nonsense demeanor is equally neither instilling fear nor commanding respect and loyalty from amongst his cabinet members. It is therefore obvious that the time for barking is over, now is the time to bite and boot out all those who have demonstrated, in the past several months, a crass lack of capacity to effectively carry out the functions of their office.

The Finance Minister has not only displayed gross incompetence on the Job, she also lacks the basic and rudimentary grasp of economic fundamentals necessary to run a critical sector of the Nigerian economy like the Finance Ministry. It is time for her to go now and pave way for a qualified and experienced person to steer the Nigerian economy away from the dark woods it has sunk presently under her stewardship.

To be sure, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma is a very charismatic man, an accomplished lawyer, and a quintessential gentleman with a fairly untainted reputation. In everyday parlance, he is a good man. But the critical job of Budget and National Planning Minister for a huge country like Nigeria, with her prevailing economic challenges requires much more than being a good man with a great personality.

It is for someone with the relevant qualification, professional knowledge and experience in public sector finance, development economics, strategic thinking, budgetary planning and management. As a lawyer, accomplished in this field as he is, Udoma’s appointment to that position is nepotism taken to very ridiculous heights; and a classic case of putting round pegs in square holes-it will, and can never fit. It is akin to saddling a carpenter with a tailor’s responsibility. The outcome under the circumstances, as has become evidently clear, is bound to be catastrophic for the economy. President Buhari must therefore do the needful now by relieving Udoma of this huge burden that is constituting a clog to the revival of the Nigerian economy,” Melaye declared.

Melaye accused the CBN governor of handling and releasing the so-called #Dasukigate Funds disastrously.

He also accused him of policy flip-flops, somersaults, and inconsistencies, adding that they are clear “evidences of gross incompetence in the management of the nation’s fiscal and monetary policies”.

Melaye said that “the net effect of this inconceivable ineptitude on the part of Emefiele, is the free fall in the value of the Naira and the total loss of faith and confidence by the international community on the Nigerian economy”.

To reverse this trend, Melaye says, President Buhari must muster the courage to wield the big stick and give Emefiele the boot, to be replaced by a fiscal and monetary policy guru. “We have these qualified Nigerians in abundance, and the President must beam his searchlight to find them to help him, the Nigerian economy as well as the suffering Nigerian masses,” he said.

He further called on the President to immediately discountenance the Economic Team currently under the supervision of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo “as their decisions will not be; and has never been respected by the economic managers and the bureaucracy in Nigeria”.

In its stead, Melaye urged the President to constitute an “Emergency Ad hoc Economic Team” made up of all former Ministers of Finance, Budget and National Planning, CBN Governors as well as members drawn from the academia with “deep knowledge of developmental economics to drive the economic revival programme.”

“The President must immediately transit from mere rhetoric to drastic but positive action to save the economy and Nigeria from total collapse. The hunger in the land is real, pervasive, widespread and debilitating for the poor masses. As I walk the streets of my constituency these days, I constantly harbor a foreboding that I could be stoned by my angry constituents for the failure of Mr President to fulfill his campaign promises and expectations to Nigerians.

Nigeria is tottering on a dangerous precipice, sliding perilously to a certain catastrophe if the current economic malaise is not halted immediately”, he declared, even as he said his criticism is borne out of an altruistic fervour, and not a product of sour grapes akin to some traditional critics of “Every Government in Power (EGIP).

Nigerians and Mr President, he said should be able to recall with little difficulty that “I was a permanent fixture at the All Progressive Congress (APC’s) Presidential campaign rallies and events, functioning mostly as the Master of Ceremonies (MC). I am a proud APC Member, a party bonafide with a great stake in the success or failure of this administration, so no one can accuse me of sour grapes or meddlesomeness.

I am a truly concerned stakeholder presently bothered by the imminent, clear and present danger of a still-birth of a Change Agenda that held so much hope and promise for Nigerians a little over a year ago. While there is a lot of hunger, anger, anguish and despair currently in the land, I have a firm belief that the situation is not beyond redemption for Mr President, hence my call for urgent and drastic remedial action now,” Melaye concluded.

15 Comments

  1. Daezy

    September 4, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    This is the first time I’m agreeing with Dino.

  2. Beard gang

    September 4, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    the aforementioned ministers are competent, its just that they move at an extremely sluggish pace just like their oga. it takes them one million years to review fiscal policies and assess economic situations. i wonder how fashola copes. i think 15 months is enough time to make significant positive changes, so please the FEC should be up and doing

  3. Marlvina

    September 4, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Everyone should be sacked abeg! Let’s have a change of government.

    • Mr. Egghead

      September 4, 2016 at 11:30 pm

      Thank you. Buhari should sack everybody, beginning with himself.

    • Tosin

      September 5, 2016 at 8:54 am

      He should have sacked himself from the first week. Why can’t you be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses, I don’t know.

  4. Ijebujesha

    September 4, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    They want to use style to beg Ngozi Iweala to come back. Shameless failures..All former ministers of finance ko, all former commissioners ni…Better pack your mess..awon oniyeye.

  5. Busarni

    September 4, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Lol; I thought they were all screened. You were among those that did the screening. Time is running out; 2019 soon come. This is what happens when ministers are selected based on political settlement .
    Wtf is udo udoma doing in that ministry ; Sai Chanjiii; Sai baba; Sai Apc…..

  6. EE

    September 5, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Classic Nigeria. Always going for the flashy stupid decision.

    This argument about “qualifications” and “round pegs” needs to be killed once and for all, going by that logic, Dino should not be a poltician after all he didn’t study political science.

    Some of the world’s most successful economies are parliamentary, meaning the person that gets the post is a politician, Spain hasn’t had a government in a while, its growing at what 3%.

    If the senator has a problem with certain policies he feels are holding the country back list them or better yet legislate on them (PIB??) screaming SACK so and so is zombie populism.

    And as I always ask, why are people more concerned with the qualifications of the political head as opposed to the civil servants? How many Economists does the M.Fin have? What are their economic views, what are the civil service hiring mechanisms? How do they control for quality? and so on.

  7. Olori

    September 5, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I kinda agree, God knows. Add Dalung to that list too. Bunch of miscreants. Buhari can like to sack himself too. 2019 is so close yet so far. God can we please skip 2017&2018? This is too much.

  8. Tosin

    September 5, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Let me beg for Emefiele. If you sack such a person – with no discernable skillset – he will not be able to find employment anywhere after. Well, I don’t know, maybe farming sha, as that is our new national profession.
    Chei, all a matter of time sha. God is in control.

    • Tosin

      September 5, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Udo Udoma is a charmer and a schmoozer. Could definitely be an actor. Adeosun could be somebody’s accountant, chief financial officer if we want to be fancy. Tiwa Savage should be like an HR but she’s running about trying to fulfill her dream of being a star. Simi should be an African super megastar.

    • Tosin

      September 5, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Buhari should be retired, babysitting neighbourhood grandchildren.

    • July

      September 5, 2016 at 10:33 am

      You made me laugh really good

  9. chidi

    September 5, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I agree with Dino on this, and if any sane thinking Nigerian believes or even conceives the imagination that the finance minister is competent, then please quickly check into the closest available psychiatric hospital for mental evaluation.

  10. Prince

    September 5, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Foolish Dino. In the midst of Recession, these bigots and criminals still have the mind to share almost 7billion naira and he’s here talking.

    How many days in a week do they seat. Why are we paying them for those days that they dont seat. None of them will come out and talk about making the National Assembly Part Time.
    We have the Senate and House of Reps. What are their jobs. We also have the state house of assembly. Someone should please tell me what they do.

    And this God forsaken Dino is here talking. Idiot like him that will be perambulating Abuja in open roof cars. What does he do? What are the names of his company and who are his employees.

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