President Muhammadu Buhari has sent names of two new ministerial nominees to the senate for confirmation.
Quoting a source, NAN said the letter which contained the names of the nominees from Kogi and Gombe states arrived the senate late Tuesday.
The Kogi nominee will be replacing James Ocholi, the late minister of state for labour, while the one from Gombe would replace Amina Mohammed, former minister for environment, who is the current United Nations deputy secretary- general.
President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Stephen Ocheni and Suleiman Hassan to fill the vacant ministerial positions in the Federal Executive Council.
Mr. Ocheni is from Kogi State which has not had anyone in the FEC, as constitutionally required, since the death of James Ochonu in an accident last year.
Mr. Hassan, Gombe State, is to replace Amina Mohammed who left Nigeria’s public service to take up top responsibility at the United Nations.
Senate President Bukola Saraki read Mr. Buhari’s letter, requesting screening and confirmation of the two ministerial nominees at the plenary on Wednesday.
Mr. Ocheni, born in 1959, hails from Uwowo in Igalamela local government area of Kogi State.
Currently, he is a professor of Public Sector Accounting and Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences at Kogi State University.
Previously, he was a Director, Finance and Accounts, in the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010 – 2013), and Director, Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (2003 – 2010).
Mr. Hassan is a politician. He was the chairman of the defunct Congress of Progressive Change in Gombe State. – PremiumTimes
Buhari sent the list at a time when the senate is unhappy with the executive.
The upper legislative chamber halted the screening of resident electoral commissioners (RECs) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as requested by Buhari.
The senate shifted the exercise by two weeks, citing what it termed disregard for its proceedings as reason.
The lawmakers berated the president for appearing to be doing nothing about their rejection of Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the EFCC.
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