Senate to screen Amaechi, Fashola, Aisha, others Tuesday
CHRIS NGIGE - Anambra KAYODE FAYEMI- Ekiti ROTIMI AMAECHI - Rivers BABATUNDE FASHOLA -Lagos ABDULRAHMAN DANBAZAU-Kano AISHA ALHASSAN - Taraba OGBONAYA ONU- Abia KEMI ADEOSUN -Ogun ABUBAKAR MALAMI (SAN) - Kebbi SEN HADI SIRIKA –Katsina BARR. ADEBAYO SHITTU - Oyo SULEIMAN ADAMU -Jigawa SOLOMON DALONG - Plateau IBE KACHIKWU - Delta OSAGIE EHANIRE - Edo AUDU OGBEH - Benue LAI MOHAMMED - Kwara AHMED MUSA IBETO - Niger AMINA MOHAMMED - Kaduna UDOMA UDO UDOMA - Akwa Ibom IBRAHIM USMAN JIBRIL - Nasarawa
Senate will next Tuesday commence the screening of ministerial nominees submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki had after unveiling the ministerial list during yesterday’s plenary said the screening of nominees would start from next Tuesday.
Our correspondent reports that first on the ministerial list which has five former governors was Abubakar Malami (SAN) who was the legal adviser of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
The list also consists of former governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Babatunde Fashola, Lagos State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State, Senator Chris Ngige, Anambra state and Dr. Ogbonaya Onu who was former governor of old Abia State.
Also on the list are Taraba State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the 2015 elections, Aisha Jummai Alhassan, APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Kwara State and former governorship candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) in Oyo State, Adebayo Shittu.
Others on the list are Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Delta State; ex-Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, Kano State; former National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Audu Ogbeh, Benue State; Special Adviser to UN Secretary General on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Amina Ibrahim and former deputy governor of Niger State, Musa Ibeto.
Also on the ministerial list are Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, Akwa Ibom State; Senator Hadi Sirika who represented Katsina Central in the last Senate, and Engineer Suleiman Adamu, Jigawa State; Barrister Solomon Dalong, Plateau State; Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Ogun State; Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Edo ; and Ibrahim Usman Jibril, Nasarawa State.
Reading the President’s letter, Saraki said the list was submitted in line with section 147 (2) of the 1999 Constitution.
But soon after the letter was read, the Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio raised a constitutional point of order, saying “each state must have a minister but what we have now is 21”
However Saraki told him that the President had said he would submit the names of the remaining nominees soon.
Addressing newsmen on the list, the spokesperson of the Senate, Dino Melaye said the screening would take place from Tuesday to Thursday next week.
However, one of the ministerial nominees and a former governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has described President Buhari as a “surprise master” for nominating him as a minister without informing him despite their closeness.
Dr Fayemi, who fielded questions yesterday at the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) after a brief meeting with party leaders, said the nomination came to him as a surprise.
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Mrs Kemi Adeosun
Dr Osagie Ehaneri
Senator Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan
Abubakar Malami (SAN)
Alhaji Lai Mohammed
Ahmed Musa Ibeto
Sen. Chris Ngige
Sen. Hadi Sirika
Dr. Ibe Kacjikwu
Sen. Udo Udoma