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Akunyili, Shamsudeen, 6 others make new cabinet list

Prof. Akunyili and Dr. Shamsudeen Usman

*As Senate sets tough hurdles

By Emmanuel Aziken

ABUJA— EIGHT additional ministerial nominees including erstwhile Minister of Information and Communication, Prof. Dora Akunyili and her National Planning counterpart, Dr. Shamsudeen Usman were presented to the Senate yesterday.

The process of Senate screening for the eight and the earlier 25 presented on Tuesday would begin next Monday, Vanguard learnt.

Senators, however, sent a strong message of the tough hurdles awaiting some of the nominees when they openly shouted nay to Senator Sanusi Daggash, a former Minister of National Planning as the 33 names were formally read out on the Senate floor.

The eight new nominees and the 25 presented to the Senate President, Senator David Mark earlier, were read out jointly at the beginning of the Senate session as a whole list.

Vanguard gathered that the 25 names submitted on Tuesday to Senate President David Mark by Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, Special Assistant to the President, Senate, was withdrawn yesterday morning following the clearance of Akunyili and the other seven nominees.

It was learnt that the arrival of the second batch of nominees followed the receipt of their security clearance reports by the Presidency late on Tuesday.

One Presidency official told Vanguard: “More names would be forwarded as their security reports are received.”
The current list did not have names from Oyo, Kwara, Benue and Cross River states.

Meanwhile, the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Information and Media, Senator Manzo Anthony has confirmed that the screening of the listed nominees will commence next Monday. This is a departure from the Senate’s sitting routine from Tuesdays to Thursdays.

It was learnt that the decision to bring forward the screening to Monday was to ensure the completion of the screening process before the senators proceed on Easter holidays.

Ministerial Nominees
Yesterday’s List
1. Dr. Shamsudeen Usman (Kano)
2. Prof. Dora Akunyili (Anambra)
3. Yusuf Suleiman (Sokoto)
4. Prof. Ruqaiya Rufai (Jigawa )
5. Arch. Musa Sad’aa (Katsina )
6. Prof. S. Abdulah (Niger)
7. Capt. Emmanuel Iheneacho (Imo)
8. Sen. Jubril Martins Kuye (Ogun)

Tuesday’s list
9.Chukwuemeka Ngozi Wogu (Abia)
10. Josephine Anenih (Anambra)
11. Labaran Maku (Nassarawa)
12. Eng. Chris Ogienwonyi (Edo)
13. Alhaji Suleiman Bello (Zamfara)
14. Alh. Murtala Yar’Ádua (Katsina)
15. Sen. Sanusi Daggash ( Borno)
16. Sen. Bala Mohammed (Sokoto)
17. Hon. Nduese Essien (A/Ibom)
18. Mrs. Josephine Tapgun (Plateau)
19. Mohammed Bello Adoke (Kogi)
20. Navy Capt. Ernest Olubolade (Ekiti)
21. Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga (Lagos)
22. Prof. M.K Abubakar (Kebbi)
23.Alhaji Adamu Waziri (Yobe)
24. Alhaji Umar Aliyu (Taraba)
25. Awodele Najim Adewole Alao (Ogun)
26. Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed (Gombe)
27. Fidelia Njeze (Enugu)
28. Godsday Orubebe (Delta)
29. Arch Nuhu Soho Wya (Kogi)
30. Adetokunbo Kayode (Ondo)
31. Odein Ajumogobia (SAN) (Rivers)
32. Sen. Akinlabi Olasunkanmi (Osun)
33. Mrs. Dezeani Allison-Maduekwe (Baylesa)

EX-MINISTERS YET TO BE RE-NOMINATED

1. Mike Aondoakaa
2. Dr. Sayyadi Abba Ruma
2. Mr. Babatunde Omotoba
3. Dr. Idi Hong
4. Senator Bello J. Gada
5. Godwin Abbe
6. Ademola Seriki
7. Dr. Sam Egwu
8. Hajia Aishatu Dukku
9. Mr. John Odeh
10. Senator M. A. Aliero
11. Barr. Chuka Odom
12. Remi Babalola
13Chief Ojo Maduekwe
14. Alhaji Jubril Maigari
15. Ambassador Bagudu Hirse
16. Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin
17. Aliyu Ikara Bilbis
18. Dr. Rilwanu Lukman
19. Dr. I.Y. Lame
20. Alhaji Alhassan Zaku
21. Eng. S. M. Ndanusa
22. Alhaji Ibrahim Bio
23. Mr. S. H. Sulaiman
24. Dr. Hasaan Mohammed Lawal
25. Mrs. Grace Ekpiwhre
26. Amb. Ibrahim Kazaure
27. Achike Udenwa
28. Chuka Julius Odom
29. Dr. Muhktar Mansur
30. Rilwanu Babalola
31. Ufot Ekaette
32. Dr. Shetima Mustapha


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