Senate confirms all 43 ministerial nominees

By Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

Senate confirms all President Buhari's Minister nominees

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed all the 43 appointees nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari to serve as cabinet Ministers.

The nominees confirmation followed a week long screening exercise during which they answered questions from the Senators to ascertain their suitability for the job.

The President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan described the participation of all the Senators during the exercise as ‘devotion to duty and patriotism in all its ramifications,’ urging the Minister designates to live up to their expectation.

”The new ministers when sworn into office, should reciprocate the gesture of Senate in confirming them expeditiously, by committing themselves to the service of Nigeria,” Dr Lawan said.

Edo Assembly
Meanwhile the Senate on Tuesday issued a one week ultimatum to the Edo State government to resolve the crisis rocking its House of Assembly or risk being taken over by the National Assembly.

Senate resolution on the Edo Assembly was sequel to the adoption of a report of the Senate adhoc committee on the crisis, which was considered at the plenary on Tuesday.

Fresh proclamation
The Committee led by Deputy Whip, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi had in its report , recommended that Governor Godwin Obaseki should issue fresh proclamation for inauguration of  the 7th Assembly, information of which must be clearly communicated to the 24 members-elect.

It added that “in the event that a new proclamation was not issued by the Governor for proper inauguration of the 7th Assembly of the State within a week, the Senate and by extension, the National Assembly should invoke the provisions of section 11 (4) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.”

Senate thereafter adjourned plenary until September 2019 to enable the Lawmakers proceed on their annual recess.


Mercy Chukwudiebere