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Buhari’s Nominees For Ministerial Position To Appear Before Senate On June 29

The Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan has revealed the date for the screening of the seven nominees brought forward by President Muhammadu Buhari for ministerial appointments to be 29th June.

This was according to Lawan yesterday after it adjourned plenaries till 28th June.

Buhari, in a letter addressed on June 15th, requested that the Senate confirm the nomination of seven ministerial nominees.

“The ministerial nominees will be screened on Wednesday next week,” he said.

The President maintained that the request was made pursuant to section 147(2) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as amended.

The nominees for confirmation include Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh (Abia), Umana Okon Umana (Akwa Ibom), Ekumankama Joseph Nkama (Ebonyi) and Goodluck Nanah Opiah (Imo).

Others are: Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub (Kano) Ademola Adewole Adegoroye (Ondo) and Odum Udi (Rivers).

The Senate also confirmed the appointment of Dr. Hale Gabriel Longpet (Plateau State) for appointment as a Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This happened as the Upper Chamber said it will, next Wednesday, screen the seven ministerial nominees whose names President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded to it on Tuesday.

In his presentation, Committee Chairman Kabiru Gaya (Kano South) said Longpet’s nomination was made pursuant to the provision of Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

The chairman said the nominee, while appearing before the committee for screening, gave explanations about his personal life, work experiences, suitability, competence and integrity for appointment as an INEC commissioner.

He said members of the committee lauded the nominee’s impressive curriculum vitae and satisfactory answers to the questions posed to him.

The Upper Chamber thereafter confirmed his nomination.

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