The President of the Senate, Sen. Bukoal Saraki, on Tuesday read a letter from the Presidency asking for approval for 21 nominees for appointment as ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The list, sent by the Presidency to the Senate on Sept 31, included some former state governors, namely, Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), Babtunde Fashola (Lagos State) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti).
Others are a former governor of Abia, Ogbonaya Onu (Ebonyi), Chris Ngige (Anambra), Audu Ogbe (Benue), Lai Mohammed (Kwara), Abubakar Dambazau (Kano State), NNPC Group Managing Director Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu (Delta) and Abubakar Malami (Kebbi).
Other names on the list are Solomom Dalong (Plateau), Amina Ibrahim Mohammed (Kaduna State), Osagie Ehanire (Edo), Aisha Alhasan (Taraba), Adebayo Shittu (Oyo State), Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa) and Kemi Adeosun (Ogun).
The list also has Ahmed Isa Ibeto (Niger), Ibrahim Usman Jubril , Hadi Sirika (Katsina State) and Udoma Uyo Udoma (Akwa-Ibom).
The list is partial and will soon be followed by another, according to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The letter expressed the willingness of the president to send the list of the remaining nominees as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, PDP members of the assembly, relying on a point of order, opposed the presentation of an incomplete list by the president.
The Minority Leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, said that the president should have sent a complete list to ensure that all states were represented.
However, Saraki noted the observation and the Senate proceeded to other businesses.
He said that the screening of the nominees would begin on Tuesday, Oct. 13.