In a session presided over by Senate President Godswill Akpabio, the Nigerian Senate has officially confirmed the appointment of three additional ministerial nominees presented to the National Assembly by President Bola Tinubu. The successful candidates include Balarabe Abbas Lawal from Kaduna State, Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim from Kwara State, and Ayodele Olawande from Ondo State.
This confirmation follows President Tinubu’s formal submission of the nominees to the Senate for approval, which took place only a day before their warranty. The process commenced at approximately 1 p.m. on Wednesday and concluded roughly two and a half hours later.
Successful Confirmation of Ministerial Nominees by Nigerian Senate”
Under Senate President Akpabio’s leadership, a voice vote was conducted, and most senators voted to confirm these ministerial appointments.
Notably, President Bola Tinubu had previously appointed Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim as the Minister of Youth and Ayodele Olawande as the Minister of State for Youth in September. These appointments were made to fill a vacancy created when Abubakar Momoh was redeployed to the Ministry of Niger Delta Development.
Balarabe Abbas Lawal’s nomination was put forward as a replacement for Nasir El-Rufai, the former Governor of Kaduna State, who could not undergo Senate clearance due to security considerations.
President Tinubu’s request for the Senate’s approval of these nominees was based on the provisions of Section 147(2) of the constitution as amended. The confirmation process was initiated on Wednesday following a motion presented by the Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele.
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