Buhari Forwards Names Of Ministerial Nominees To Senate

President Muhammadu Buhari/Photo: State House
President Muhammadu Buhari/Photo: State House

By Victor Ernest with agency report

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent names of two new ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation.

A source close to the upper chamber of the National Assembly told News Agency of Nigeria that the letter arrived the Senate late Tuesday.

The source revealed that the two nominees are from Kogi and Gombe state.

It was gathered that the Kogi nominee (Stephen Ocheni) will be replacing the late Minister of State for Labour, Barr. James Ocholi, while the nominee from Gombe (Suleiman Hassan) would be replacing former Minister for Environment Ms Amina Mohammed, who had gone to serve in the United Nations as a deputy Secretary General.

RECs rejection

The list of ministerial nominees is coming at a time when the Senate stood down for two weeks consideration of the request of President Buhari for the appointment of Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).

The Senate based its decision on what it termed disregard for its resolutions.

The upper legislative chamber specifically berated the President for appearing to be doing nothing about the rejection of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) but allowing him to function in acting capacity.

The senate stressed that it was wrong to leave any appointee in acting capacity even after he had been rejected twice by the senate.

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