THE Senate has confirmed the 43 ministerial nominees presented to them for screening and confirmation by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 23, finding them suitable for the office.
The confirmation, Tuesday, ended five days of screening, which commenced on July 24, with some nominees been asked to take bow, while others of were grilled.
While most of those who took a bow, enjoyed the privilege of the tradition from the Senate, accorded to nominees with legislative background, the Senate also displayed its sensitivity to gender issues by asking female nominees to also take a bow.
While applauding Buhari for selecting experienced Nigerians as ministers, the President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, enjoined the confirmed nominees to be ready to work with the Senate for the betterment of Nigerians and reminded them that the Senate would be firm on its oversight responsibilities.
Confirmed ministerial nominees
Those confirmed are: Dr Uchechukwu Ogah (Abia), Muhammad Bello (Adamawa), Sen. Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Dr Chris Ngige (Anambra), Sharon Ikeazu (Anambra), Adamu Adamu (Bauchi), Amb. Mariam Katagum (Bauchi), Timipre Silva (Bayelsa), Sen. George Akume (Benue), Mustapha Baba-Shehuri (Borno), Goddy Jedi-Agba (Cross River).
Others are Festus Keyamo (Delta), Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi), Dr Osagie Ehanire (Edo), Clement Agba (Edo), Richard Adebayo (Ekiti), Geofery Oyeanma (Enugu), Dr Ali Isa-Pantami (Gombe), Emeka Nwajuba (Imo), Sulaiman Adamu (Jigawa), Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna), Dr Mohammed Mahmoud (Kaduna), Sabo Nanono (Kano), Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Kano).
Also on the list are Hadi Sirika (Katsina), Abubakar Malami (Kebbi), Ramatu Tijani (Kogi), Lai Mohammed (Kwara), Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara), Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Sen. Adeleke Mamora (Lagos), Mohammed Abdullahi (Nasarawa), Amb. Zubairu Dada (Niger), Olamilekan Adegbiti (Ogun), Sen. Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Sunday Dare (Oyo).
Others are Pauline Tallen (Plateau), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Mohammed Dingwadi (Sokoto), Saleh Mamman (Taraba), Abubakar Aliyu (Yobe) and Sadiya Faruk (Zamfara).
The President of the Senate said the senators demonstrated patriotism throughout the screening exercise and described the attitude of the senators as a demonstration of their readiness to work for the good of Nigerians.
With the Senate going on recess, Lawan said that the Senate was looking forward to tackling the 2020 budget when it resumed from recess in September.
“We hope that the budget will be ready in September or October and we are ready to pass it by December,” he said.