Buhari nominates seven new ministers to replace Amaechi, Akpabio, Onu, others

The Senate has received a list of seven ministerial nominees from the President Muhammadu Buhari for screening and confirmation.

The request was contained in a letter addressed to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and read on the floor at the start of plenary on Tuesday.

Buhari, in the letter, explained that the request was in accordance with the provisions of Section 147 (2) of the Constitution.

The nominees are Henry Ikoh – Abia State; Umana Umana – Akwa Ibom State; Ekumankama Nkama – Ebonyi State; and Goodluck Opiah – Imo State.

Others are Umar El-Yakub – Kano State; Ademola  Adegoroye – Ondo State; and Odum Odi – Rivers State.

Some ministerial positions had been vacant since some former ministers resigned their offices for their political ambitions.

Those who resigned included former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba; former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu; former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; former Minister of Mines and Steel, Uche Ogah; former Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio; and a former Minister of State for Niger Delta, Senator Tayo Alasoadura.

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