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Senate Confirms 43 Nominees As Ministers Awaiting Portfolios

The Senate on Tuesday Confirmed 43 nominees as ministers of the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on July 23, released the list of 43 nominees to Senate  for screening and confirmation as ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Following the submission, the Senate had  on July 24,  resolved into the Committee of the Whole to screen the nominees for their suitability to serve as ministers.

The screening which lasted five days ended on July 30, with many of the nominees  were asked to take   bow, while few of the  nominees were subjected to questions.

The “take a bow” syndrome that dominated the screening exercise was in the tradition of the Senate to excuse nominees who have had legislative background while reasons for asking female nominees to take a bow was hinged on the gender sensitive nature of the senate among other reasons.

Following a voice vote for the confirmation of the individual nominees, the Senate at plenary confirmed the 43 nominees.

They are:

Dr Uchechukwu Ogah (Abia),Muhammad Musa Bello (Adamawa)Sen Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) Chris Ngige (Anambra),Sharon Ikeazu (Anambra),Adamu Adamu (Bauchi),Amb Mariam Katagum (Bauchi),Timipre Silva (Bayelsa),Sen. George Akume (Benue),Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno),Goddy Jedi- Agba (Cross River).

Others are   Festus Keyamo (Delta), Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi),Dr Osagie Ehanire (Edo), Clement Agba (Edo), Richard Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti),Geofery Oyeanma (Enugu),Ali -Isa  Pantami (Gombe),Emeka Nwajuba (Imo),Sulaiman Adamu (Jigawa),Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna), Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud (Kaduna),Sabo Nanono (Kano),Maj Gen. Bashir Magashi (Kano).

Others are Hadi Sirika (Katsina),Abubarkar Malami (Kebbi),Ramatu Tijani (Kogi),Lai Mohammed (Kwara),Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara), Babatunde  Fashola (Lagos),Sen. Adeleke Mamora (Lagos),Mohammed Abdullahi (Nasarawa),Amb. Zubairu Dada (Niger),Olamilekan Adegbiti (Ogun,Sen. Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo) and Rauf Aregbesola (Ogun),Sunday Dare (Oyo).

Others are Pauline Tallen (Plateau),Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers)Mohammed Maigari Dangadi (Sokoto) Saleh Mamman (Taraba),Abubakar  Aliyu (Yobe), and Sadiya Faruk (Zamfara).

 

Speaking on the confirmation, President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan said  the senators demonstrated patriotism through out the screening exercise.

He said the attitude of the senators was a demonstration that the senators want to work for the good of Nigerians.

He urged the confirmed ministers to be ready to work with the senate for the good of Nigerians.

He said the new ministers when assigned portfolios should be ready to honour the invitation of the senate for oversight responsibilities.

He said the senate would be firm on its oversight responsibilities to make the country better while commending President Muhammadu Buhari for selecting experienced Nigerians as ministers.

He also thanked his colleagues for their commitment and loyalty all through the screening.

He said the Senate hopes to face the 2020 budget when it resumed back from recess in September.

“We hope that the budget will be ready in September or October and we are ready to pass the budget by December” adding that the senate was committed toward returning the nation budget to the January to December cycle.