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Senate Concludes Confirmation Hearings for 28 Nominees for Appointment as Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

The Senate at its plenary session of Wednesday, 2 August 2023 concluded the confirmation hearing for 28 persons nominated by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to be appointed as Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The nominees who appeared before the Senate were as follows:

  1. H.E Sen. David Umahi – Ebonyi State
  2. H.E Nyesom Wike – Rivers State
  3. H.E Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai – Kaduna State
  4. H.E Badaru Abubakar (CON) – Jigawa State
  5. Sen. Abubakar Kyari – Borno State
  6. Sen. John Enoh – Cross River State
  7. Hon. Nkeiru Onyejeocha – Abia State
  8. Hon. Olunbunmi Tunji-Ojo – Ondo State
  9. Hon. Stella Oketete – Delta State
  10. Hon. Uju Kennedy Ohaneye – Anambra State
  11. Chief Uche Nnaji – Enugu State
  12. Arch. Ahmad Dangiwa – Katsina State
  13. Amb. Yusuf Maitama Tuggar (CON) – Bauchi State
  14. Mr. Abubakar Momoh – Edo State
  15. Dr. Betta Edu – Cross River
  16. Dr. Doris Uzoka – Imo State
  17. Hon. Ekparikpe Ekpo – Akwa Ibom
  18. Mr. Bello Ahmed Goronyo – Sokoto
  19. Mr. Dele Alake – Ekiti State
  20. Mr. Lateef Fagbemi, SAN – Kwara State
  21. Mr. Mohammed Idris – Niger State
  22. Mr. Waheed Adebayo Adelabu – Oyo State
  23. Mrs. Iman Suleiman Ibrahim – Nasarawa State
  24. Prof. Ali Pate – Bauchi State
  25. Mr. Olawale Edun – Ogun State
  26. Prof. Joseph Utsev – Benue State
  27. Barr. Hannatu Musawa – Katsina State
  28. Mr. Sani Abubakar Danladi – Taraba State

The purpose of the confirmation hearing which commenced in the Senate on Monday, 31 July 2023 was to allow lawmakers assess the qualifications, experiences, leadership abilities, personal background, and suitability of the nominees. At the hearing, most of the nominees provided responses to a wide range of questions that bordered on the following:

  1. Their views on specific policy issues related to healthcare, education, national security, gender, economic development, etc.;
  2. Judicial reforms and legal interpretation of the Constitution;
  3. Their professional records and achievements;
  4. Their abilities to collaborate effectively with the legislature and other agencies of government; and
  5. e. Their vision and priorities for the country.

The confirmation hearing of a few of the nominees were relatively straight forward because they were not subjected to extensive questioning by lawmakers due to the level of their political qualifications and background which the Senators felt were well-known and widely accepted.

Although the confirmation hearing of the nominees has been concluded, the Senate is yet to hold a confirmation vote to formally approve or reject their nomination.

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