The 39 non career ambassador- designate and one career nominee for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sent by President Muhammadu Buhari for appointments as ambassadors for the Nigerian foreign missions, have been confirmed by the Senate.
On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed the list of ambassadors, which Buhari in a letter addressed to the President of Senate, Ahmad Lawan was read at the plenary on July 8.
The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, chaired by Senator Bulkachuwa Muhammad (APC Bauchi) screened the nominees and Senate Committee of the Whole considered the report.
Approval of the nominees followed the presentation of a report of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Presenting the report of the committee, the chairman said the nominees for Niger State, Peter Ndabake Gana, and Yobe State, Yusuf Mohammed, stood down because of the circumstances surrounding their nominations.
He said the nominees screeneed by the committee met the qualifications required of an ambassador, noting that the nominees are technocrats in various areas.
Meanwhile, the list of the 39 confirmed non-career ambassadorial designates are: Umar Suleiman (Adamawa), Kevin Peter ( Adamawa), John J. Usanga (Akwa-Ibom), Elejah Onyeagba (Anambra), Ibrahim Salami Abubakar (Bauchi), Phillip K. Ikuru (Bayelsa), Tarzoor Terhemem (Benue), Paul Oga Adiku (Benue), Ibrahim Al-Hussain (Borno), Prof. Monique Ekpong (Cross River), Omar Djebah (Delta), Ominyi N. Eze (Ebonyi), Yamaha Mohammed Musa (Edo), Maj. Gen. C. O Ugwu (Enugu).
Others are: Dr Hajara I. Salim (Gombe), Obiezu Ijeoma Chinyerem (Imo), Prof. M. A Makarafi (Kaduna), Hamisu Umar Takalmawa (Kano), Jazuli Imam Galandanchi (Kano), Sadiya Ahmed Nuhu (Kano) Amb.Yahaya Lawal (Katsina), Olun’ Dare Philip Awoniyi (Kogi), Ibrahim Kayode Laro (Kwara), Abioye Mohammed Bello (Kwara), Zahra Mu’azu Omar (Kwara), Ademola Seriki (Lagos), Henry John Omaku (Nasarawa).
Chief. Sarafa Tunji Isola (Ogun), Opunimi Orikaba Akinkugbe (Ondo), Adejare Bello (Osun), Adesina Alege (Oyo), Debo Adeshina (Oyo), Folakemi Akinyele (Oyo), Shehu Abdullahi (Plateau), Maureen Tamuno (Rivers), Faruk Yabo (Sokoto), Adamu Hassan (Taraba), (Yobe), and Abubakar Moriki (Zamfara). Ali M. Magashi (Jigawa).
The one career ambassador designate confirmed representing the FCT is Suleiman Sani.