Posted by Augustine Ehikioya and Onyedi Ojiabor, Abuja, Abuja | 31 July 2019 | 1,945 times
The Senate yesterday confirmed the 43 ministerial nominees sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari.
It confirmed them at plenary after a five day hearing by the Committee of the Whole.
The President sent the ministerial list to the Senate on July 23.
The Presidency praised the diligence of the Senate in confirming the nominees in a swift and efficient process.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said the people wanted results
According to him, with the list of ministers, the Presidency is confident that they shall deliver.
Specific portfolios, he said, shall be assigned with the inauguration of the cabinet.
He said “This is a fine, capable and committed a group of individuals. Working together, they shall help achieve what we all want and labour toward a secure, prosperous, corruption-free nation in which nobody is left behind, and talents can flourish.
“The executive approaches this 9th National Assembly with a renewed spirit of openness and enthusiasm. Where once we sometimes found impasse, we welcome collaboration; where once suspicion took hold, together, we shall demonstrate mutual trust.
“Scrutiny should never mean deadlock but proper governance. And with a new swathe of national legislators and ministers, we are confident the executive and the legislature can – in partnership – unleash the change Nigerians deserve,” he added.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan, who read the presidential communication on the floor of the Senate, said the upper chamber would swing into action the following day, Wednesday July 24, to screen and confirm the nominees.
Before the confirmation yesterday, the remaining three nominees, Lai Mohammed (Kwara), Saleh Mamman (Taraba) and Sabo Nanono (Kano) were screened for approval.
With the confirmation and approval of the Votes and Proceedings of yesterday, the Senate is set to transmit the names of the ministers-designate to President Buhari for inauguration and allocation of portfolios.
Lawan, who gave kudos to senators for rising to the occasion to conclude the screening and confirmation in record time, said the ministers-designate should hit the ground running after inauguration.
Lawan noted that they should also discharge their duties in line with constitutional provisions.
The Senate President warned against the failure of some ministers to appear before relevant Senate committees when invited.
Lawan noted that they will take their oversight functions seriously to ensure that appropriated funds were used judiciously.
He said: “The Senate has demonstrated clearly that we are set to work for Nigerians. There is no doubt about the extension of time that ordinarily would have been part of our recess to stay back to do this job for our country.
“We have finished this very important national assignment and to the glory of God, Nigeria has a Senate and indeed a National Assembly that is prepared to take Nigeria to the next level.
“For those that have been confirmed by this Senate, the message is that they must be prepared to work with this chamber.
“We are going to engage them in our oversight and other legislative activities. What we want to achieve is to have a relationship that is based on mutual respect and truth.
“While we are not going to be frivolous, we are going to be firm. We are going to be serious with our oversight.
“Oversight is the only way we can ensure that the legislations we make, particularly the budget that we pass, is implemented.
“I want to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari for nominating Nigerians of great quality.”
Those confirmed are included Sunday Akin Dare (Oyo); Uche Ogah (Abia); Muhammadu Musa Bello (Adamawa); Senator Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Senator Chris Ngige (Anambra); Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra); Adamu Adamu (Bauchi); Ambassador Maryam Katagum (Bauchi); Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa) and Senator George Akume (Benue).
Others are Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno); Goddy Jedy-Agba (Cross Rivers); Festus Keyamo (Delta); Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi); Dr. Osagie Ehanire (Edo); Clement Agba (Edo); Otumba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti); Geoffrey Onyema (Enugu); Dr. Ali Isa Ibrahim Pantami (Gombe); Hon. Emeka Nwajuba (Imo); Sulaiman H. Adamu (Jigawa); Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and Dr. Muhammad Mahmoud (Kaduna).
The confirmed ministerial nominees also included Sabo Nanono and Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) (Kano); Senator Hadi Sirika (Katsina); Abubakar Malami (Kebbi); Ramatu Tijani Aliyu (Kogi); Lai Mohammed and Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara).
Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos) and Adeleke Mamora (Lagos); Mohammed H. Abdullahi (Nasarawa); Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun); Ambassador Zubairu Dada (Niger); Senator Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo); Rauf Aregbesola (Osun); Pauline Tallen (Plateau); Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi (Sokoto); Saleh Mamman (Taraba); Abubakar D. Aliyu (Yobe); and Sa’adiya Umar Farouk (Zamfara).
Lagos, Edo, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Anambra and Bauchi states, got two ministerial slots each.
The others got one slot each.
The Northwest got the lion’s share with nine ministerial slots. The Northeast received seven slots while Northcentral also got seven slots.
The Southsouth zone got seven slots, Southeast six slots while Southwest got seven slots.
Eight former governors are among those confirmed for ministerial appointment.
Baring last minute changes, the ministers-designate may be inaugurated today. (The Nation)
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