Ministerial nominee, Ambassador Zubair Dada from Niger State, on Thursday, said that Nigeria was in need of the 1980’s Mass Mobilization for Self Reliance, Social Justice, and Economic Recovery, MAMSER, initiative more than ever.
He said this while responding to a question posed by Senator Stella Oduah (Anambra North), who raised the subject of MAMSER and asked for his “policy thrust for our national social contract that everyone would buy into?”
He responded, “MAMSER was adequately funded and the staff were motivated. They had the equipment to enable them to perform and they had the support of government to succeed.”
He added that the two main parts of the success of the MAMSER project were funding and the motivation of the staff.
“Talking about restructuring the NOA, these two areas are key. I have no doubt that given the resources that they need, NOA can do more. In this critical time in the life of this nation, Nigeria needs to resuscitate the activities of MAMSER, so that they can reach out to the grassroots as they used to do. Most of the activities of NOA now are geared towards the mass media.”
Answering the second question posed by Senator Oduah on the unbundling of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ambassador Dada said, “Breaking the (ministry) into two would be most welcome however, due to the economic situation in the country, I’m not sure, it is the right time to be duplicating bureaucracies.”
Reading his Curriculum vitae, Dada said, he was born in Minna and he is 67 years old. He is a graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University where he studied Business studies. He finished in 1974
Meanwhile, the senators from his state asked that he should be allowed to take bow and go.
Senator Patrick Abba Moro (Benue South) supported the stance of the Niger Senators as he said, “Given testimonies about the nominee. I support the opinions of the Niger senators to take a bow and go. By his resume and my estimation, I believe he is eminently qualified to be a minister.”
In the end, Senate President Lawan asked that he answer Oduah’s questions before taking a bow and leaving the Red chamber.
According to Wikipedia, MAMSER was an exercise in political orientation in Nigeria inaugurated on July 25, 1987.