Senate confirms three more ministerial nominees

Sharon EboesomiOctober 4, 20232 min

The Senators commended President Tinubu for making his government a youth-inclusive one.

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The Senate has screened and confirmed three nominees sent by President Bola Tinubu for appointment as Ministers of the Government of the Federation.

The nominees were confirmed at Wednesday’s plenary in accordance with Section 147 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

Recall that the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, on Tuesday, read a letter from the President requesting the confirmation of three additional ministerial nominees.

Meanwhile, the Senate in August 2023 screened and confirmed 45 ministerial nominees and rejected three others.

Among those not confirmed was the former Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai due to a strong petition raised against him during the screening.

Others are Stella Okotete from Delta State and Abubakar Danladi from Taraba State.

The three nominees screened today are Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim (Kwara State), Balarabe Abbas Lawal (Kaduna State) who replaced El-Rufai, and Mr. Ayodele Olawande (Ondo State).

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The first nominee screened was the 37-year-old Medical Doctor, Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim. Shortly after introducing herself and presenting her CV, the Senators commended President Tinubu for including youths as nominees for Ministerial screening.

Dr. Ibrahim was the former President of the Progressive Young Women Forum and a Special Assistant to the Kwara State Governor.

She promised to inspire young Nigerians “If, appointed as the Minister for Youths, I hope to use my office to positively influence Nigerian youths to have a voice at the decision-making table in order for young Nigerians to take ownership of the youth development plan and its implementation and I hope that this plan surpasses the administration of his Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” she added.

The Senate President thereafter asked the nominee to “take a bow and go.”

The second nominee who was screened was Balarabe Abbas Lawal, who also introduced himself and presented his CV.

However, during his screening, the nominee slumped and was immediately rushed out of the chamber for medical attention.

Thirty-four-year-old Mr. Ayodele Olawande was the last nominee to be screened. He said his intention if, confirmed, is to engage with the youths and make them a part of the day. He was thereafter asked to take a bow and go.

Senators expressed satisfaction with President Tinubu for keeping to his words of including youths in his Government.

After the screening of the three nominees, the Senate President, Akpabio put it to a voice vote, and all nominees were confirmed.

Sharon Eboesomi

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