Se­nate con­firms 18 nom­i­nees as min­is­ters

Daily Trust - - NEWS -

The con­fir­ma­tion of 18 nom­i­nees fol­lowed voice votes by the sen­a­tors af­ter their names were read out by the Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki.

While 10 of the nom­i­nees were screened on Tues­day, eight went through same ex­er­cise yesterday.

Like Tues­day’s con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing, yesterday’s ses­sion was pre­ceded by a closed ses­sion that lasted for 33 min­utes.

It was gath­ered that dur­ing the closed ses­sion, the sen­a­tors agreed to sub­ject the nom­i­nees to stiff grilling while be­ing deco­rous in the process.

Speak­ing af­ter the ses­sion, Saraki said at the ses­sion they re­viewed the progress of the con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing.

Dur­ing the voice votes that lasted a 15 min­utes, the Na­tional Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), Al­haji Lai Mo­hammed, nar­rowly es­caped the ham­mer of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) sen­a­tors who cho­rused ‘nay’ against his con­fir­ma­tion.

Those con­firmed are for­mer gover­nor of Ek­iti state, Dr. Kay­ode Fayemi, for­mer Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Ab­dul­rah­man Dam­bazau, Amina Ibrahim Mo­hammed and Sen­a­tor Udoma Udo Udoma. Oth­ers are for­mer na­tional chair­man of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Chief Audu Og­beh, for­mer gover­nor of old Abia state, Dr. Og­bon­naya Onu, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Engi­neer Suleiman Hus­saini Adamu and Ibrahim Us­man Jib­ril.

Also con­firmed are for­mer Gover­nor of La­gos State, Ba­batunde Fashola, NNPC boss, Ibe Kachikwu, Abubakar Malami (SAN), Dr. Chris Ngige, Aisha Ju­mai Al­has­san, Bar­ris­ter Solomon Da­long, Mrs. Kemi Adeo­sun and Sen­a­tor Hadi Sirika.

For­mer gover­nor of Rivers State, Ro­timi Ameachi, whose name was num­ber 10 on yesterday’s list was stood down till to­day.

The chair­man of the Se­nate Ethics, Priv­i­leges and Public Pe­ti­tions, Sa­muel Anyanwu, said the re­port on the pe­ti­tion writ­ten against Amaechi was not ready.

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