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Just In: Governors Rubbish The National Assembly, Pass Vote of Confidence On Udoma, Adeosun

Nigerian governors today passed a vote of confidence on the minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma and her finance counterpart, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, saying they were not responsible for plunging the country into recession.

The governors’ position rubbishes the National Assembly’s call for the removal of the two ministers, whom they accused of not knowing what to do in order to bail the nation out of the economic straits.

The governors, who passed their implicit confidence on the two ministers, absolved them of any blame in the declining economy during the meeting of the National Economic Council, NEC, presided over by Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, at the State House.

The state governors reasoned that if anything, the two ministers should be commended for their sagacity in reviving the ailing economy occasioned by failing oil price, Nigeria’s major income earner, over the years.

The Senate wednesday kick-started its debate on the economic turmoil in the country, with some senators blaming the recession on the incompetence of some ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.

Senators, who did not mince words during plenary in the upper chamber, said that the president had put round pegs in square holes, observing that the incompetence of such ministers had largely contributed to the festering crisis.

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu called for a cabinet reshuffle, Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) argued that putting incompetent hands in charge of the economy would continue to aggravate the situation.

Ekweremadu was of the view that the situation had continued to deteriorate because of the bottlenecks caused by the failure of the federal government to release funds into the economy as appropriated in the 2016 budget.

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