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Ministerial list: Senate screens Wike, El-Rufai, Alake, others today

The Senate will on Monday, July 31 begin the screening of the 28 ministerial nominees forwarded to it by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

Tinubu, through his Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, presented the much anticipated ministerial nominee list to Senate President Godswill Akpabio during plenary last week Thursday.

 

The list was sent on Thursday to beat the 60-day constitutional deadline of July 28.

 

Though the Nigerian leader had noted in his letter to the Senate that a supplementary list of ministerial nominees should be expected, the initial 28 nominees are set for screening today, as they were given between Friday and Sunday last week to submit their documentations ahead of today’s screening exercise.

 

The nominees who will be awarded different portfolios are usually drawn from across every state of the federation. However, the list sent to the Senate for screening was said to be drawn from 25 states only, comprising four former governors, six former federal lawmakers, two former lawmakers, three serving presidential advisers, and seven women, among others.

 

On its part, the Nigerian Senate has assured a transparent approach in the screening of the ministerial nominees.

 

Speaking to journalists earlier, the Senate spokesperson, Yemi Adaramodu, boasted that Nigerians would not be disappointed with how it would conduct the screening.

 

“This time, the screening will be very thorough. It is not going to be a situation where the screening will be anyhow. We are going to know the background of the nominees, and we are not going to disappoint Nigerians. It is not going to be a shallow screening. You must have character; you must have the face; you must have the behaviour to be among the cabin crew to fly Nigeria. This time around, Nigeria is going to be better,” Adaramodu said.

 

It is speculated that the screening for which the Senate shifted its annual recess may take a minimum of three days.

 

Prominent among those to be screened include the immediate past governors of Rivers State, Nyewom Wike and Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.

 

Below are the ministerial nominees to be screened by the Nigerian Senate:

 

ABUBAKAR MOMOH – EDO STATE

 

YUSUF MAITAMA – BAUCHI STATE

 

Architect Umar Dangiwa – KATSINA STATE

 

Hannatu MUSAWA – KATSINA STATE

 

UCHE NNAJI – ENUGU STATE

 

BETA EDU – CROSS RIVER STATE

 

DORIS ANIETE UZOAKA – IMO STATE

 

DAVID UMAHI – EBONYI STATE

 

NYESOM EZENWO WIKE – RIVERS STATE

 

MOHAMMED BADARU ABUBAKAR – JIGAWA STATE

 

NASIL EL RUFAI – KADUNA STATE

 

EKPERIKPE EKPO – AKWA IBOM STATE

 

NKIRU ONYEJEOCHA – ABIA STATE

 

OLUBUNMI TUNJI OJO – ONDO STATE

 

STELLA OKOTETE – DELTA STATE

 

UJU KENNEDY OHANEYE – ANAMBRA STATE

 

BELLO MOHAMMED GORONYO – SOKOTO STATE

 

DELE ALAKE – EKITI STATE

 

LATEEF FAGBEMI – KWARA STATE

 

MOHAMMED IDRIS – NIGER STATE

 

OLAWALE EDUN – OGUN STATE

 

WAHEED ADEBAYO ADELABU – OYO STATE

 

IMAAN SULEIMAN IBRAHIM – NASARAWA STATE

 

PROF ALI PATE – BAUCHI STATE

 

JOSEPH OTSEN – BENUE STATE

 

SEN. ABUBAKAR KYARI – BORNO STATE

 

SEN JOHN ENO – CROSS RIVER

 

SEN SANI ABUBAKAR – TARABA STATE

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