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Friday, October 16, 2015

Breaking: Senate postpones ministerial screening

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday, postponed the screening of 18 ministerial nominees yet to be screened.

MINISTERIAL SCREENING—From left, Former Governor of Lagos State and ministerial nominee, Babatunde Fashola; Taofeek Adaranijo; Majority Leader, House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila; Ismaila Kawu, shortly after screening of Fashola in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.
MINISTERIAL SCREENING—From left, Former Governor of Lagos State and ministerial nominee, Babatunde Fashola; Taofeek Adaranijo; Majority Leader, House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila; Ismaila Kawu, shortly after screening of Fashola in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.
In a tweet via its Twitter handle @NGRSenate, the Senate which resumed for plenary today, said: “Ladies and gentlemen, there will be no ministerial screening today (Thursday). We will continue on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. We will tweet CVs of new nominees.”
Despite the postponement of ministerial screening, the Senate still continued with the day’s legislative activities.



Details of why it postponed the screening till a later date is still sketchy at the time of filing this report.
So far, of the 36 ministerial nominees, 18 have been screened by the Senate.
The remaining 18 nominees awaiting screening are Rotimi Amaechi, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, Bukar Ibrahim, Cladius Omoleye Daramola, Prof Anthony Onwuka, Geoffrey Onyema, Dan Ali, Barr James Ocholi, Zainab Ahmed, Okechukwu Enelamah, Muhammadu Bello, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, Aisha Abubakar, Heineken Lokpobiri, Adamu Adamu, Isaac Adewole, Abubakar Bawa and Pastor Usani Uguru.
However, the 18 ministerial nominees already screened, cleared and confirmed  by the Senate as full time ministers, but awaiting to be assigned portfolios by President Muhammadu Buhari include: 1.Udoma Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom) 2.Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) 3.Audu Ogbeh (Benue) 4.Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi) 5.Osagie Ehanire (Edo) 6.Abdulrahman Dambazau (Kano) 7.Lai Mohammed (Kwara) 8.Amina Ibrahim Mohammed (Gombe) 9.Suleiman Hussaini Adamu (Jigawa) 10.Ibrahim Usman Jibril (Nasarawa) 11.Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos) 12.Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu (Delta) 13.Abubakar Malami, SAN (Kebbi) 14.Chris Nwabueze Ngige (Anambra) 15.Aisha Jummai Alhassan (Taraba) 16.Solomon Dalong (Plateau) 17.Kemi Adeosun (Ogun) 18.Hadi Sirika (Katsina).
Details later
[Ikenna Asomba , Vanguard]

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