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Senate to Commence Screening of Ministerial Nominees; President to Create New Ministries

The Senate will begin the screening process of the ministerial nominees presented by President Bola Tinubu on Monday. The announcement came after the names of the 28 nominees were read on the Senate floor by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio. The Senate spokesperson, Yemi Adaramodu, confirmed that all activities were suspended to start the screening immediately.

Adaramodu stated that screening would begin at 11 am on Monday and at 10 am on subsequent days. The Senate is committed to dedicating unlimited time to the process, allowing nominees to present their blueprints while being observed by the public.

The list includes prominent individuals such as former governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), and David Umahi (Ebonyi). Other notable nominees are the acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Abubakar Kyari (Borno); the party’s women leader Beta Edu (Cross River); Deputy Chief Whip of the Ninth House of Representatives, Nkiruka Onyejiocha (Abia); lawyer Lateef Fagbemi, SAN (Kwara); and the President’s Special Adviser on Media, Strategy, and Special Duties, Dele Alake (Ekiti).

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However, the list covers only 25 states, leaving out 11 states, which violates the constitutional requirement that the President appoint at least one minister from each of the 36 states.

President Tinubu intends to form new ministries and is expected to unveil another list of 13 ministerial nominees in the coming days. The portfolios of the nominees are not attached to the list to allow flexibility for the President to decide the specific roles they will undertake.

Some political analysts expressed concern over the absence of young individuals in the first batch of nominees, while others praised the inclusion of experienced women in the list. The Senate assures a thorough screening process to ensure competent and capable ministers are approved.

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