12 Ex-Cabinet Members Buhari Included On Ministerial List

12 Ex-Cabinet Members Buhari Included On Ministerial List

 

President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, Tuesday read the list of 43 people nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari as ministers.

He said the Senate has fixed Wednesday to screen the nominees for confirmation.

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President Buhari forwarded the ministerial list to the lawmakers eight weeks after he took the oath of office for a second term.

Of those nominated, the President included the names of 12 former members of his cabinet, while he dropped 12 others.

Those nominated again by President Buhari are listed below:

Mr Abubakar Malami is the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.

He hails from Kebbi State.


Mr Geoffrey Onyeama served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs during the President’s first term in office.He is from Enugu State.


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Mrs Zainab Ahmed hails from Kaduna State.

She was Minister of State for Budget and National Planning but later replaced Kemi Adeosun who resigned as Minister of Finance in September 2018, over certificate forgery allegation.


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Mr Adamu Adamu is the former Minister of Education. He is from Bauchi State.


Mr Chris Ngige served as the Minister of Labour and Employment. He hails from Anambra State in south-east Nigeria.

Mr Ogbonnaya Onu hails from Ebonyi State and is the former Minister of Science and Technology.


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Mr Babatunde Fashola was appointed as the Minister of Power, Works and Housing. He is from Lagos State.


Mr Rotimi Amaechi from Rivers State served as the Minister of Transportation.


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Mr Lai Mohammed is the former Minister of Information.

He is from Kwara State.


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Mr Sirika Hadi was the Minister of State for Aviation. He hails from Katsina State.


Osagie Ehanire, Health, Industrial Action, Minister

Mr Osagie Ehanire from Edo State served as the Minister of State for Health.


Mr Mustapha Shehuri is the former Minister of State for Power, Works, and Housing. He is Borno State.

Buhari Leaves Out Dalung, Dan-Ali, Kachikwu, Others From Ministerial List

A photo combination of former ministers who did not make President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has released the ministerial list with some cabinet members from his first tenure missing.

Among those missing are; Solomon Dalung, Mansur Dan Ali, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, and Isaac Adewole.

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Others include Audu Ogbeh, Okechukwu Enelamah, Abdulrahman Dambazau, Udoma Udo Udoma, Usani Uguru Usani, Adebayo Shittu, Suleiman Adamu and Heineken Lokpobiri.

 

Ministerial List: Budget Will Not Suffer Delay, Says Lawan

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan. Photo: [email protected]

 

The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, is confident that subsequent budget will not suffer delay as a result of the delay in the submission of the ministerial list.

He stated this on Wednesday shortly after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Senator Lawan believes the budget cycle of January to December is possible should the Executive forward the proposal to the National Assembly early enough.

He said, “I think there is nothing to worry as deeply; the budget itself is normally prepared by civil servants. The permanent secretaries superintend and the directors do the work most of the time.

“I believe that we are still on course and I believe that both the Executive and the Legislature are on the same page on this.

“We all desire and are prepared and determined to ensure that we pass the budget by the first or second week of December, by the grace of God, provided it is presented to us in September, end of September.”

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The Senate President also spoke about the confirmation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed, adding that there would be more confirmations of directors of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

On the security in the country, he gave assurance that the two arms of government would collaborate to ensure a better approach was employed to address the issue.

“We are going to collaborate and cooperate with the executive arm of government, work together to ensure that we find better approaches, improved paradigm to ensure that the current situation is addressed properly,” the lawmaker said.

Senate President Clarifies Comments On Ministerial List

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan. Photo: [email protected]

 

President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, has clarified his comments on the list of ministerial nominees expected from President Muhammadu Buhari.

He spoke to reporters shortly after a dinner with the President on Thursday at the Aso Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Senate President said he never promised Nigerians that the list of Ministerial nominees would be out this week.

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He made emphasis that he used the word ‘could’ when the issue was discussed during plenary on Wednesday at the Senate Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

Senator Bassey Akpan from Akwa Ibom North-East district had raised a point of order to inform his colleagues about their recess coming up and the need for the President to constitute a cabinet.

Responding, Senator Lawan said President Buhari may submit the list of ministerial nominees for consideration and approval by the Senate before the end of the week.

He had also told the lawmakers that the Executive Arm was working to ensure that the list was ready before they proceed on their annual two-month break.

A day after, the President hosted the National Assembly leadership to a dinner during which he spoke about the delay in unveiling of the ministerial list.

He said he was aware of the calls for him to form his cabinet, saying, “I am under tremendous pressure on it.”

“The last cabinet which I had, most of them, a majority of them I didn’t know. I had to accept their names and recommendation from the party. I worked with them for three and a half years,” President Buhari told the lawmakers.”

The dinner took place one month after the President was sworn in for a second term.

On July 5, he reappointed Mr Abba Kyari as his Chief of Staff, as well as Mr Boss Mustapha as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

PHOTOS: President Buhari Dines With NASS Leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday hosted the leadership of the National Assembly to dinner at the State House, Abuja.

During the dinner, President Buhari reacted to calls for him to form his cabinet noting that he is under pressure to unveil his ministerial list.

“I am very much aware about it and I am under tremendous pressure on it. The last cabinet which I had, most of them, a majority of them I didn’t know.

“I had to accept their names and recommendation from the party. I worked with them for three and a half years,” Buhari said.

Those in attendance at the dinner include the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; Senator Abdullahi Yahaya – Majority Leader; Senator Ajayi Borofice – Deputy Leader; Senator Orji Uzor Kalu – Chief Whip; Senator Sabi Abdullahi – Deputy Chief Whip among others.

See photos from the dinner below…

 

Ministerial List: I Am Under Tremendous Pressure – Buhari

Ministerial List: I Am Under Tremendous Pressure – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari speaks at a dinner with National Assembly leaders in Abuja on July 11, 2019.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to calls for him to form his cabinet.

Addressing the leadership of the National Assembly during a dinner on Thursday night in Abuja, the President said he is under pressure to unveil his ministerial nominees.

“I am very much aware about it and I am under tremendous pressure on it,” he said.


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President Buhari added, “The last cabinet which I had, most of them, a majority of them I didn’t know.

“I had to accept their names and recommendation from the party. I worked with them for three and a half years.”

The President, however, explained that the delay was to nominate people he knows personally and can work with.

President Buhari had asked the former members of his cabinet to handover their schedules to the permanent secretaries of their respective ministries on May 28.

On July 5, he reappointed Mr Abba Kyari as his Chief of Staff, as well as Mr Boss Mustapha as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

A statement from the President’s spokesman Garba Shehu, however, said both appointments took effect from May 29, 2019.

Some of the lawmakers at the dinner were President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Also present were Senate Majority Leader, Senator Abdullahi Yahaya; Deputy Leader, Senator Ajayi Borofice; Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu; and Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Sabi Abdullahi.

Others include House Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; House Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu; and Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu.

Buhari May Submit Ministerial List Before Weekend, Says Lawan

 

The President may submit the list of ministerial nominees for consideration and approval before the end of the week.

President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, said this during Wednesday’s plenary in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

He was responding to a point of order by Senator Bassey Akpan who represents Akwa Ibom North-East senatorial district.

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Senator Akpan had reminded the senators of their long recess coming up and the need for President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute a cabinet.

In his response, the Senate President told the lawmakers that the Executive Arm was working to ensure that the list was ready before they proceed on their annual two-month break.

President Buhari had asked the former members of his cabinet to handover their schedules to the permanent secretaries of their respective ministries on May 28.

On July 5, he reappointed Mr Abba Kyari as his Chief of Staff, as well as Mr Boss Mustapha as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

A statement from the President’s spokesman Garba Shehu, however, said both appointments took effect from May 29, 2019.

Buhari, APC Governors Meet Over Security, Economy

 

Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) met withPresident Muhammadu Buhari at the council chamber in Abuja to thank him for the support shown in areas of security and economy.

According to Chairman of the progressive Governors forum and Governor of Kebbi state who spoke with state house correspondents after the meeting, said the Governors have promised to push for greater cooperation between the state and the federal government.

He added that the release of close to N2 trillion by President Buhari to aid infrastructure spending, refunds on federal roads and Paris club, will ensure increased investment and security enhancement in conflict zones.

The meeting had in attendance, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, Babagana Zulum of Borno, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Bagudu of Kebbi, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, Mai-Mala Buni of Yobe, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara and Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa are in attendance.

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Others are Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bello of Niger State, Mannir Yakubu Deputy Governor of Katsina, and Hadiza Balaraba Deputy Governor of Kaduna.

Also in attendance were the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha and the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

See photos of the meeting below:

Senate Rejects List Of Non-Career Ambassadors

Senate Rejects List Of Non-Career AmbassadorsThe Senate has rejected a list of 46 non-career ambassadors which President Buhari sent to lawmakers for confirmation.

Lawmakers rejected the list because of the myriad of petitions which the Committee on Foreign Affairs received over the nomination of the ambassadors.

The Senate is sending the list back to President Buhari to make amendments and return to the Senate

Meanwhile, the Senate has confirmed 47 career ambassadors which President Buhari sent to the upper chamber for confirmation.

The list also faced its own challenge in June when the screening of 47 nominees at the Senate was put on hold following what the federal lawmakers called irregularities in the nomination process.

Senator Joshua Dariye raised a motion under matters of urgent national importance alleging the non-inclusion of the names of competent persons from his constituent.

Senator Dariye expressed concern that not a single career diplomat from his state was included in the list.

His views were shared by Senators Sola Adeyeye and Fauster Ogolar. They believe that the nomination process was faulty.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, also joined in the condemnation of the nomination process before announcing the decision of the Senate to suspend the screening.

Buhari Forwards List Of Ambassadorial Nominees to Senate

senatePresident Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the names of 46 ambassadorial nominees to the Senate.

The announcement was read out by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, during the plenary session on Thursday morning.

Some of the notable figures in the list of non-career ambassadorial nominees include the former speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Senator Olorunibe Mamora and a former Supreme Court Justice, George Oguntade.

Also on the list is former deputy governor of Plateau State, Pauline Tallen and former deputy governor of Niger State, Musa Ibeto who was dropped from the president’s ministerial list in 2015.

The Senate is yet to conclude the screening and confirmation of the 47 career foreign service officers sent by the President in July.

Here is a  full list of the ambassadorial nominees (alphabetically)

  1. Abdullahi Garbasi (Zamfara)
  2. Ade Asekun (Ogun)
  3. Adegboyega Ogunwusi (Osun)
  4. Ashimiyu Olaniyi (Oyo)
  5. Ayodele Ayodeji (Ekiti)
  6. Baba Madugu (Bauchi)
  7. Chris Eze (Enugu)
  8. Christopher Okeke (Anambra)
  9. Clifford Zirra (Adamawa)
  10. D Abdulkadir (Kano)
  11. Deborah Iliya (Kaduna)
  12. Enyantu Ifenne (Benue)
  13. Etuborn Asuquo (Cross River)
  14. Francis Efeduma (Delta)
  15. Garba Gajam (Zamfara)
  16. George Oguntade (Lagos)
  17. Godwin Umo (Akwa Ibom)
  18. Haruna Bawa Abdullahi (Plateau)
  19. Haruna Ungogo (Kano)
  20. Isa Dodo (Katsina)
  21. Jamila Ahmadu-Suka (Sokoto)
  22. Jonah Odo (Ebonyi)
  23. Kabiru Umar (Sokoto)
  24. Modupe Irele (Lagos)
  25. Mohammad Yaro (Kaduna)
  26. Mohammed Hayatuddeen (Borno)
  27. Mohammed Yisa (Kwara)
  28. Muhammad Dalhatu (Jigawa)
  29. Musa Ibeto (Niger)
  30. Musa Mohammad (Nasarawa)
  31. Mustapha Jaji (Taraba)
  32. Nurudeen Mohammed (Kwara)
  33. Olorunibe Mamora (Lagos)
  34. Orji Ngofa (Rivers)
  35. Pauline Tallen (Plateau)
  36. Sola Iki (Ondo)
  37. Stanley Diriyai (Bayelsa)
  38. Suleiman Hassan (Gombe)
  39. Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor (Rivers)
  40. Tijani Bande (Kebbi)
  41. Usman Bugaje‎ (Katsina)
  42. Igbe (Edo)
  43. Uzoma Emenike (Abia)
  44. Y O Aliu (Kogi)
  45. Yusuf Tugar (Bauchi)
  46. Zanna Bura (Yobe)

 

 

Senate Will Confirm Amaechi As Minister Without PDP Senators – Ndume

NdumeThe Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the Senate would ensure that the former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, scales through confirmation as Minister.

This is contrary to insinuations that the former governor might not be confirmed by senators when they resume plenary on Tuesday, October 27 due to the protest against Amaechi by PDP members in the upper chamber.

In an interview with Channels Television in Kaduna, Senator Ndume expressed displeasure with the tension being generated by the Rivers State chapter of the PDP over the nomination of Amaechi as minister, stating that despite all the protests and petitions, the former governor remained qualified to be confirmed as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to him, with the APC having the highest number of members in the Senate, the PDP cannot stop the Senate from confirming Amaechi or other nominees as ministers.

Senator Ndume also debunked reports of him being under pressure from the APC national leadership to resign his position as Majority Leader and allow Senator Ahmed Lawan to occupy the position.

Instead, he maintained that quitting his position was beyond him, as he could only do so if his colleagues from the North-East were on the same page with the position of the party’s leadership.

 

I Have Never Taken Bribe In My Life – Amaechi

AmaechiAfter weeks of high-wired politics and a long waiting game, former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, arrived at the Senate and was screened as a ministerial nominee.

The former governor was top on the list of the order paper released by the Senate.

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio had earlier said that the PDP caucus in the Senate had no questions for Amaechi as the caucus had just received reports of the petition written against the former Rivers State Governor and had not had time to study the reports in question.

The Majority Leader, in a swift reaction to that then moved a motion that since the PDP senators had no question for Amaechi, he should be allowed to ‘bow and go’ on the basis of being a former House Speaker and former Governor.

A brief argument ensued between the two caucuses before the matter was resolved and the screening commenced.

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Mr Amaechi spent about 50 minutes answering questions bordering on various issues, including his alleged indictment by a panel set up by the Rivers State Government for corruption.

He also defended his activities as Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, stating that the governor’s forum checked the excesses of the federal government.

When asked questions regarding his involvement in alleged cases of corruption and misappropriation of public funds, Mr Amaechi insisted he was not indicted by the report of the panel.

He went further to say that he had “never collected a bribe” in his life. This was in response to being asked by Senator Shehu Sani to explain what he considered to be corruption – a word he said was hard to define.

“Corruption is very difficult to define. If you’re a public officer and you don’t take bribe – I have never taken bribe in my life – but if they send a girl to you and you sleep with the girl and do that favour, you’re corrupt,” he said.

Senator Danjuma Goje of Gombe State also asked Mr. Amaechi to explain why he continuously called for an increase in sums allocated to states in the Niger Delta. Senator Goje said that the demand was made despite the 13 percent derivation fund reserved for oil producing states and the sums allocated to the amnesty program.

Former Governor Amaechi, asides providing answers to the numerous questions, also stated his readiness to deliver quality service if confirmed as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He promised that if confirmed minister he would bring his wealth of experience to bear on governance, adding that Nigeria’s dependence on natural resources was unnecessary.

He also said that huge investment in agriculture, technology, mining and education would help in solving the unemployment problem in Nigeria, adding if the issue of massive unemployment rate must be dealt with, then there is need to deal with the change in economic mantra by diversifying the economy.