Senate confirms 47 career ambassadorial nominees, reject others

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday confirmed the 47 career ambassadorial nominees earlier screened for appointment as Ambassadors but rejected and returned the list of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees to President Muhammadu Buhari to rework and represent for its approval.

Tuesday’s decision to return the non-career ambassadorial nominees followed Senate’s consideration of the report presented to the chamber by the Chairman of its Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu.

After presenting the report of the Committee on the screening of the career list, Sunmonu told the Chamber that the Committee had been inundated with over 250 petitions from members of the public protesting against the lopsided composition of the non-career ambassadorial list.

Senator Sunmonu observed that, even though the Committee received many petitions against the career nominees, the petitions received against the 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees were more overwhelming. Consequently, she advised the Senate to return the list to the President so that he could prepare and represent what would be acceptable to Nigerians.

The senate acceded to her advice and voted in favour of returning the list of non-career Ambassadorial nominees to the President.

However, senate confirmed all the 47 career ambassadorial nominees earlier screened by the Committee, although there was an initial opposition by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, who insisted that the nominees who failed to recite the National Anthem should be dropped.

Those confirmed by the senate include, Obinna Chukwuemeka (Abia), Salisu Umaru (Adamawa), Inyan Udo-Iyang(Akwa Ibom), Okeke Vivian Nwanaku(Anambra), Liman Munir(Bauchi), Ndem Jane Ada(Benue), Mohammed Hassan Hassan(Borno), Martin Young Cobham(Cross River), Janet Omoleegho Olisah (Delta) and Itegboje Sunday(Edo).

Others are Olatunde Adesesan(Ekiti) Lilian Ijeukwu Onoh(Enugu), Manaja Tulah Isa(Gombe), Ngozi Ukaeje(Imo), Bello Kazaure Husseini(Jigawa), Enoch Pear Duchi(Kaduna), Garba Baba(Kano), Usman Bakori Aliyu(Katsina), Umar Zainab Salisu(Kebbi), Momoh Sheidu Omeiza(Kogi) and Kadiri Audu (Kwara).

The senate also confirmed the nomination of Balogun Hakeem (Lagos), Inusa Ahmed (Nasarawa), Ibrahim Isah (Niger), Bankole Adegboyega Adeoye (Ogun), Ibidapo-Obe Oluwasegun (Osun), Ogundero Sakirat (Oyo), Eric A. Bell-Gam(Rivers), Attahiru Halliru (Sokoto), Rahmatu Dunama (Taraba), Musa Mamman (Yobe) and Kabiru Bala (Zamfara).

Also confirmed by the Senate are: Adamu Shuaibu (FCT), D.A Agev (Benue), T.K Gongulong (Borno), Ibrahim Hamza (Katsina), K.C Nwachukwu (Imo), Q.I Worlu(Edo), E.K Oguntuase (Ekiti), A. I. Paragalda (Adamawa) L.A Gasharga(Borno), Olufemi Abikoye (Kwara), Habu Abubakar Ibrahim(Gombe), Rabiu Akawu (Kano), Nonye Udo (Anambra), Odeka Janet Bisong (Cross River) and Sonaike Adekunbi Abibat (Ogun).

Omolayo.A