The Senate will today, October 20, undergo another round of ministerial screening as 19 ministerial nominees get ready to answer questions raised on the floor of the House.
Out of the first 21 nominees from ‘batch A’, 18 have been screened, leaving 16 nominees from ‘batch B’, and two from the first list yet to be quizzed.
The 18 confirmed ministers are: Udoma Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom state), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti state), Audu Ogbeh (Benue state), Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi state), Osagie Ehanire (Edo state), Abdulrahman Dambazau (Kano state), Lai Mohammed (Kwara state), Amina J Mohammed (Gombe state), Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa state) and Ibrahim Jibril (Nasarawa state), Babatunde Fashola (Lagos state), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu (Delta state), Abubakar Malami (Kebbi state), Chris Ngige (Anambra state), Aisha Jummai Alhassan (Taraba state), Solomon Dalong (Plateau state), Kemi Adeosun (Ogun state), Hadi Sirika (Katsina state).
President Muhammadu Buhari however withdrew the name of immediate past deputy governor of Niger state, Ahmed Musa Ibeto, from the list of nominees.
The former governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi tops the list of prominent names to be screened today.
Although there is still controversy over whether Amaechi would be screened by the Senate but with the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions recommending Amaechi for screening, it is believed that the exercise would be successfully held as planned.
10:10: A list of the ministerial nominees to be screened is made available to the media. They include: Barrister Adebayo Shittu (Oyo state), Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa state), Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers state), Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim (Yobe state), Abubakar Bwari Bawa (Niger state), Barrister James. E. Ocholi (Kogi state), Muhammadu Bello (Zamfara state), Zainab Shamusa Ahmed (Kaduna state).
10:25: Some of the Ministerial nominees have arrived at the National Assembly and the Senate is set to begin plenary session at 11am.