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Buhari set to name ministers as Senate submits screening report

The Senate has submitted the report of its screening of ministerial nominees to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, disclosed this on Thursday.

Adeyeye said, “I believe the communication has been sent to the President. We concluded the process of screening and confirmation on Tuesday and yesterday (Wednesday) was a day after.

“The National Assembly worked on the communication on Wednesday and as the media reported the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, also on Wednesday, I think that has been settled.”

The Presidency has also confirmed that it had received communication from the Senate formally informing President Muhammadu Buhari that the 43 individuals he nominated for ministerial positions had been confirmed.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, confirmed this in an interview with our correspondent.

“Yes, the communication has been transmitted. We have received the communication from the Senate,” Enang said.

The list of nominees, which include 14 former ministers who worked in the first term of President Buhari, also includes former Senate Minority Leader, Goodwill Akpabio; Senator Gbemisola Saraki; and Buhari’s campaign spokesperson, Festus Keyamo, are also in the list.

The list also has Senator Olorunnimbe Marmora;  Senator Tayo Alasoadura; former governor Rauf Aregbsola; former governor Niyi Adebayo; and former governor Timipre Sylva, among others.

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