Recession: Ekweremadu, Dino Melaye call for Adeosun, Udoma’s removal

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and Senator Dino Melaye, All Progressives Congress (APC) Kogi West on Wednesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to make changes to his cabinet.

They asked Buhari to either sack incompetent ministers or move them to areas where they can perform better.

They made the call at the floor of the senate today as the senate began a special session to debate on the present economic crisis in the country.

Ekweremadu advised that Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and Minister of Budget and Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma be moved to other ministries where they could be more productive. He particularly suggested that Udoma be moved to Ministry of Trade and Investment.

The deputy senate president also stressed that there was the need to restructure by unbundling the federal government which at the moment was being over loaded. He added that there was also the need for diversification of the economy.

Senator Melaye however advised the president to outrightly sack the two ministers handling the financial sector – Adeosun and Udoma.

He also proffered attracting Foreign Direct Investments, blocking leakages, pacifying Niger Delta Avengers and banning some food and clothing imports.

In his contribution, Senator Shehu Sani, APC, Kaduna Central, however kicked against the sack of the ministers saying that it would not address the problem. He called for cut in the interest rate, diversification of the economy, export of goods and services as well as empowering small businesses.

Senator Samuel Anyanwu, PDP, Imo East said that the body language of President Buhari must change to attract investors as that would boost the economy and get the country outside the present economic crisis.

Senator George Akume, APC, Benue North West, kicked against the sale of national assets as proposed in Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s speech when rhe senate resumed on Tuesday. He said that those calling for the sale of these assets, have the means of buying them. He also called for an end to the blame game between the present and past administrations.

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