Last Thursday, President Bola Tinubu sent twenty-eight nominees to the red chamber for confirmation. On Monday afternoon, the screening commenced at the upper chamber during plenary which had already commenced when the Senate President Godswill Akpabio arrived. The immediate past governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, and some ministerial nominees have arrived at the National Assembly complex for screening by the red chamber. As reliably gathered by Channels Television, 20 of the 28 ministerial nominees completed their documentation for the screening at the Senate on Monday. Nominees yet to complete their documentation, are not in the country at the moment.
On Thursday, July 27, 2023, after the Senate unveiled the President’s first batch of the ministerial list, Abdullahi Gumel, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), told the ministerial nominees to complete their documentation before the screening, which commenced on Monday. Femi Gbajabiamila, the immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, now the Chief of Staff to the President, presented Tinubu’s ministerial list before the Senate.
The President is mandated by Section 147 (3) of the 1999 Constitution to appoint at least one minister from each of the 36 states. However, Bayelsa, Kano, Zamfara, Kebbi, Adamawa, Kogi, Lagos, Osun, Yobe, Plateau, Gombe, and the Federal Capital Territory are yet to have ministerial nominees. The President in his letter to the Senate titled, ‘Request for Confirmation Of ministerial nominees’, said a supplementary ministerial list would be sent to the red chamber timely.
The first set of Bola Tinubu’s ministerial nominations was dominated by politicians including former governors, and serving and former members of the Senate and House of Representatives. Worthy of note is the fact that, four former governors namely Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State, Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, and Nyesom Wike of Rivers state.
The list likewise includes Lateef Fagbemi, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN); Dele Alake, Presidential spokesman; and the acting National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Abubakar Kyari. Women made up 25% of the nominees while 75% are men. The women are Iman Suleiman Ibrahim, Nkiru Onyeojiocha, Doris Aniche Uzoka, Stella Okotete, Hannatu Musawa, Nkiru Onyeojiocha, Uju Kennedy Ohaneye, and Betta Edu.
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