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Amaechi, Akpabio Bow And Go …As Senate Conducts Ministerial Screening

Nigerian Senate yesterday commenced screening of the 43-man ministerial picks sent to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation.

A senator representing Abuja Federal Capital Territory, Philip Aduda, raised a constitutional point of order at the start of plenary to kick against the exclusion of FCT in the appointments.

Aduda noted that the constitution stipulates that the FCT be treated as one of the states and each state shall have at least one minister.

He urged the Senate to pass the message across to the executive as no nominee from FCT was appointed.

Dino Melaye, a Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district, expressed worries about the same issue. He said the matter is a constitutional point of duty, not an appeal by the Senate.

Ogbonnaya Onu, one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Ministerial nominee, has said that President has the capacity to make Nigeria as advanced as China.

Onu, a former Minister of Science and Technology, said Nigeria will be as advanced as China in the next 30 to 50 years with the help of Buhari’s drive for innovation.

He said this during his ministerial screening on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday.

“We were able to bring into existence a revolutionary Executive Order N5. By that executive order, once fully implemented, Nigeria will have a knowledge economy that is innovation-driven; and in the next 30 to 50 years, nobody will imagine the level of development in our country.

“We’ll just be like China is today in terms of advancement and those who traveled to China 30 years ago know the implication of what I’m saying. Definitely, it’ll take a lot of time,” he said.

Those also screened include: Hon. Emeka  Uwajuwa, Dr Uchechukwu Ogah, Senator George Akume  was asked to take a bow without any questions from his colleagues. He was a former Senator. Senator Godswill Akpabio and Senator Adeleke Mamora also took a bow and left the Senate.

The same privilege was extended to Rotimi Amaechi as a two-term Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

Full List Of Ministerial Nominees

1. Ikechukwu Ogar (Abia)

2. Mohammed Musa Bello (Adamawa)

3. Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom)

4. Chris Ngige (Anambra)

5. Sharon Ikpeazu (Anambra)

6. Adamu Adamu (Bauchi)

7. Maryam Katagun (Bauchi)

8. Timipre Sylver (Bayelsa)

9. George Akume (Benue)

10. Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno)

11. Bodi Agba (Cross River)

12. Festus Keyamo (Delta)

13. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi)

14. Clement. Ike Agba (Edo)

15. Osagie Enanieri (Edo)

16. Richard Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti)

17. Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu)

18. Ali Pantami (Gombe)

19. Emeka Nwajuba (Imo)

20. Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa)

21. Zainab Ahamed (Kaduna)

22. Muhammad Mahmud (Kaduna)

23. Sabo Sanono (Kano)

24. Bashir Sani (Kano)

25. Hadi Sirika (Katsina)

26. Abubakar Malami (Kebbi)

27. Rahmatu Tijjani (Kogi)

28. Lai Mohammed (Kwara)

29. Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara)

30. Adeleke Mamora (Lagos)

31. Babatunde Fashola (Lagos)

32. Mohammed H. Abdullahi (Nasarawa)

33. Zubair Dada (Niger)

34. Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun)

35. Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo)

36. Rauf Aregbesola (Osun)

37. Sunday Dare (Oyo)

38. Paulen Talen (Plateau)

39. Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers)

40. Muhammadu Ngiadi (Sokoto)

41. Sale Mamman (Taraba)

42. Abubakar Aliyu (Yobe)

43. Sadiya Umar Faru (Zamfara)

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