The Senate on Wednesday, confirmed the nomination of former Lagos governor Babatunde Fashola, former Ekiti governor, Kayode Fayemi, Sen. Chris Ngige (Anambra) and 15 others as ministers.
Other nominees whose appointments were confirmed are Sen. Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom), Dr Ogbonaya Onu (Ebonyi), Audu Ogbe (Benue), Dr Osagie Ehanire (Edo) and Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) (Kano).
Also confirmed as ministers by the Senate were NNPC GMD Ibe Kachikwu (Delta), Lai Mohammed (Kwara), Amina Ibrahim Mohammed (Gombe), Suleiman Mohamed (Jigawa) and Usman Jubril (Nasarawa).
Others are Abubakar Malami (Kebbi), Aisha Alhassan (Taraba), Solomon Dalong (Plateau), Kemi Adeosun (Ogun) and Sen. Hadi Sirika (Katsina), bringing the number of ministers waiting to be sworn in by President Muhammadu Buhari to 18.
The Senate, however, deferred screening and confirmation of Rotimi Amaechi and Adebayo Shittu.
Amaechi’s screening was deferred due to inability of Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, to present its report on petition against him, while Shittu’s screening was deferred due to time constraint.
Although the Senate screened the nominees with specific portfolio, the portfolios of the new ministers will be officially made public when they are sworn in by President Mohammadu Buhari.
The President of the Senate in his remarks, commended all the senators for their quality questions and contributions in the course of the screening.
He congratulated the confirmed ministers but urged them to hold up their own end of the bargain.
“It is not going to be business as usual because we are going to hold them to their words and to their promises,” he said.
The Senate, thereafter, adjourned plenary to Thursday for continuation of screening of outstanding ministerial nominees.