Minister designate from Taraba State, Muazu Sambo Hajia has promised to fix the Mambilla power project within a year if appointed to the Ministry of Power.
The Senate confirmed his nomination on Tuesday after scaling the screening hurdles on the floor of the upper legislative chamber.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier nominated Muazu, a Building Engineer as a ministerial nominee from Taraba State to replace the former Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, who was sacked in September, along with his Agriculture and Rural Development counterpart, Sabo Nanono.
Muazu, while fieding questions from lawmakers during his screening and newsmen in Abuja, expressed disappointment about the state of the Mambilla power project, promising to fix the challenges of the project within one year if approved and given power portfolio by the President.
“I don’t know much about the problems bedevilling the project but with my professionalism and integrity, I can fix the problems within one year,” he promised.
The minister designate described the present state of the project as an embarrassment to the country.
He attributed the major constraint of the project to the arbitration case against the federal government in Paris, stressing the need to compensate the company that took Nigeria to court for the project to fully kick off for the benefits of Nigerians.
Muazu, who is a Building Engineer by profession, also attributed the problem of incesant building collapse in the country to desperate attempt by house owners to cut corners, adding that any building that is not put on sound foundation will definitely face the risk of collapse.
Responding to question on house deficit, he urged the federal government to partner with private sector to be able to build mass housing for Nigerians, maintaining that the government alone can do it.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after his screening, Muazu called on Nigerians to put him in their prayers so as to justify the conference reposed in him by President Buhari.