OrderPaperToday – The Senate has confirmed the appointment of 43 ministerial nominees.

The chamber in accordance with the country’s constitution is saddled with the responsibility to screen the nominees upon nomination by the President.

The nominees will subsequently be given portfolios.

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, forwarded the list July 23 to the chamber, following increased concerns of delay in forming his cabinet two months after his swearing- in for his second tenure.

In the list are fourteen former ministers, one incumbent lawmaker, seven former lawmakers, eight former governors and seven women.

The low representation of women in the cabinet was condemned by civil society groups canvassing inclusion of women in politics.

Meanwhile, the Senate, July 24, commenced the screening which lasted for five days while the nominees appeared before the chamber in batches.

21 nominees were excluded from rigorous screening and told to take a bow on the grounds of gender and past legislative experience.

The nominees are: Dr Uchechukwu Ogah (Abia), Muhammad Musa Bello (Adamawa), Sen Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Chris Ngige (Anambra), Sharon Ikeazu (Anambra), Adamu Adamu (Bauchi), Amb Mariam Katagum (Bauchi), Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa), Sen. George Akume (Benue), Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno), Goddy Jedi Agba (Cross River), Festus Keyamo (Delta), Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi),

Others are: Dr Osagie Ehanire (Edo), Clement Anade Agba (Edo), Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti), Geofery Oyeanma (Enugu), Ali Isa Ibrahim pantami (Gombe), Emeka Nwajuba (Imo), ENG. Sulaiman Adamu (Jigawa), Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed (Kaduna), Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud (Kaduna), Sabo Nanono (Kano), Maj Gen. Bashir Magashi (Kano), Hadi Sirika (Katsina), Abubarkar Malami (Kebbi),

The remaining are: Ramatu Tijani (Kogi), Lai Mohammed (Kwara), Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara), Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos), Sen. Adeleke Mamora (Lagos), Mohammed H. Abdullahi (Nasarawa), Amb. Zubairu Dada (Niger), Olamilekan Adegbiti (Ogun), Sen. Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo), Rauf Aregbesola (Ogun), Sunday Dare (Oyo), Pauline Tallen (Plateau), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Mohammed Maigari Dangadi (Sokoto), ENG. Saleh Mamman (Taraba), Abubakar B. Aliyu (Yobe) and Sadiya Umar Faruk (Zamfara).

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