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Senate confirms Buhari’s seven nominees as minister-designates

Senate confirms Buhari’s seven nominees as minister-designates

Senate Confirms Buhari’s Seven Nominees As Minister-Designates 

The Senate, on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 screened and confirmed the seven Ministerial Nominees whose names were sent to the Chamber last week by President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation as Minister-Designates. The screening exercise which started at about 12 noon lasted till 4:37 p.m.


Those screened and confirmed as Minister-Designates include Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh (Abia State), Umana Okon Umana (Akwa-Ibom State), and Ekumankama Joseph Nkama (Ebonyi State). Others were Goodluck Nana Opiah (Imo State), Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub (Kano State), Ademola Adewole Adegoroye (Ondo State), and Udi Odum (Rivers State).


While fielding questions from lawmakers, the first Nominee, Ikechukwu Ikoh, said in tackling the issue of job creation, efforts must be made to grant operational licenses to operators of Modular Refineries in the country. 


Another nominee from Akwa-Ibom State, Umana Okon Umana, who is the Managing Director of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, underscored the need for Nigeria to step-up its production capacity so as to boost foreign exchange earnings and reduce the country’s reliance on importation. 


Ekumankama Joseph Nkama, on his part, admonished young Nigerians to tap into new areas of investment, so as to foster self-reliance and productivity, particularly in the country’s trade sector. 


On the lingering strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nkama called on the Federal Government and ASUU to reach a compromise.


He also urged the National Assembly to provide additional funding for the education sector, so as to meet some of the demands of the union.  


The Nominee said, there will be the need for compromise. For a very long time ASUU has been sticking to its guns, that all the agreements reached earlier with the Government must be implemented. He added that, we know that from the same source - the same national purse - there are several contending interest seeking for attention.


He advised the Federal Government and ASUU to come to a compromise through which the lingering crises would be solved once and for all.


Nkama opined that he knows the importance of budgetary provision. He appealed to the National Assembly for increased allocation to the Education Sector in 2023 so that there will be adequate provision for the sector to address those needs that ASUU members are asking for.


Lending his voice on the need for an end to the ASUU strike, Ademola Adewole Adegoroye, said the action by the Union is against interest of Nigerian students, adding that more effort must be made by the Government to find a lasting solution to the problems. 


Goodluck Nana Opiah, a former member of the House of Representatives, was asked by the Chamber to take a bow and leave, in accordance with its tradition of extending such privilege to past members of the National Assembly. 


Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub, the current Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), said when sworn-in as a member of the Federal Executive Council, he would sustain and consolidate on the harmonious working relationship between the Executive and the National Assembly.  




Dr. Ezrel Tabiowo, FAI, FIMC, CMC, FCP, Fsca


Special Assistant (Press)

To President of the Senate 


Wednesday, June 29, 2022.


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