Daily Independent Online.
Thursday July 17, 2003
Senate rejects Borisade as
By Abdul Jelil,
After undergoing a
marathon scrutiny thrice, the senate yesterday finally rejected former Minister
of Education Prof Babalola Borisade as a minister in this dispensation, thereby
putting an end to the waiting game of what befalls the electric engineer.
Having 65 senators
voting against his candidature, the dream of Borisade becoming a minister again
was put to rest in spite of efforts made by most southwest senators, including
the senate president, in ensuring he scaled through.
With the rejection of
Borisade, and the withdrawal of Dr. Adewale Oladipo by President Obasanjo, the
senate also confirmed the remaining three nominees putting the total number of
those confirmed by the upper legislative chamber as ministers to 38.
has replaced the nominee from Osun state, Dr. Oladipo with Eng. Bashir Ishola
Awotorebo for confirmation by the senate as a minister.
letter Ref. No. PRES/134 of July 14, 2003 informing you about the police report
on Dr. Adewale Oladipo and my subsequent withdrawal of him as a ministerial
nominee, I hereby present Eng.
Bashir Ishola Awotorebo (Osun state) as a replacement for Dr. Oladipo
and for confirmation by the senate,” the letter from the president read
on the floor of the senate said.
On the rejection of
Borisade, the senate committee
chairman on information, senator Sanusi Dagash told senate correspondents that
his rejection was not because of corruption but that his tenure as a minister
in the last dispensation was evaluated and he was found wanting in all
According to the
senate spokesman, most of the old senators had direct dealings with Borisade as
minister and his public relations was not too good enough, “he shunned
most of them while carrying out his duties, the deputy senate president wrote
22 letters to him, and he did not acknowledge any of them, so was the former
Speaker of the House of Representatives, who wrote about five letters without
getting a reply on any. And these letters were on issues relating to the
development of education generally.
He did not pull his
weight enough to bridge the gap between the presidency and the
stakeholders,” Dagash explained. At the commencement of plenary session,
when the senate president had put the question as to the confirmation of
Borisade as a minister, there appeared to have been equal “ayes”
and “nays” which put the senate president in a fix but still ruled
in favour of the “ayes”.