The Senate has commenced the screening of the seven ministerial nominees approved by President Muhammadu Buhari last week to fill in the positions of those who reigned to focus on the 2023 elections.
The screening began on Wednesday during plenary.
The nominees are Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh (Abia State); Umana Okon Umana (Akwa Ibom State); Ekumankama Joseph Nkama (Ebonyi State); Goodluck Nanah Opiah (Imo State); Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub (Kano State); Ademola Adewole Adegoroye (Ondo State); and Odum Udi (Rivers State).
Recall that in a letter dated June 15, 2022, President Buhari had requested the Senate to screen and confirm the nomination of seven ministerial nominees.
The letter read in part, “In accordance with Section 8 Subsection 2 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, I hereby forward the under listed ministerial nominees for your confirmation.”
Some ministerial positions have been vacant since some former ministers resigned their offices for their political ambitions.
Those who resigned are former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba; former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu; former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; former Minister of Mines and Steel, Uche Ogah; former Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio; and a former Minister of State for Niger Delta, Senator Tayo Alasoadura.