The former Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has said President Bola Tinubu won’t regret nominating him to serve as a minister in his cabinet.
Wike said this on Monday afternoon when he stood before the red chamber for screening.
In his presentation to the Senate, Wike said that from May 2015 to May 2023, while serving as governor of the oil-rich state, he initiated and finished a number of projects aimed at enhancing the state’s infrastructure. He further claimed that he invited representatives from other political parties to commission these projects.
“These things can be achieved if you are committed and if you have passion for the job,” Wike told the lawmakers.
He claimed that many former governors want to be ministers but lack the drive to serve Nigerians.
“There are so many people who want to be ministers for the sake that ‘I was a governor’, for the sake that ‘I was a minister’ but there are those who say, ‘Look, what do I have to offer? Am I committed to this job?’
“I thank Mr President for nominating me. I believe, knowing how hungry Mr President is to solve the problems of Nigeria, we have no choice but to give him that required support. And I can assure you, if I am confirmed in whatever capacity, Mr President will not regret nominating me,” said the ex-Rivers governor who was a minister during the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
After making his opening statement, Senate President Godswill Akpabio praised Wike’s leadership abilities and competency before asking him to take a bow.
Recall that last Thursday, President Tinubu sent a list of 28 ministerial nominees to the senate, of which the first batch of screening has begun.
Wike is the only chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the ministerial list of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration sent by Tinubu to the Senate.