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Monday, October 2, 2023

Ministerial Nominees Might Resume Third Week Of August – Presidency Source Reveals

A presidency source has revealed that President Bola Tinubu‘s ministerial nominees screened and cleared by the Senate might resume office by the third week of August.

We reported that the nominees were given till then to allow them to prepare for how to move from their various states to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for the job that lies ahead of them.

According to The Punch, the source said, “It won’t be earlier than upper week (August 14 – 18) because I know it’s not on the President’s schedule for the new week.”

Another source told the platform that “He (Tinubu) wants to give them the rest of the new week to plan and organise themselves because they will be travelling from different locations.”

Indications are that since the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetings are held on Wednesdays, ministers may meet for the first time on August 16.

Recall that the President had lady Wednesday sent the second batch of ministerial nominees to the Senate to be screened for various roles in his cabinet.

Prominent on the list were former Governors Nyesom Wike, Dave Umahi, Mohammed Badaru, Bello Matawalle, Nasir El-Rufai, Simon Lalong, Gboyega Oyetola, Atiku Bagudu and Ibrahim Geidam of Rivers, Ebonyi, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kaduna, Plateau, Osun, Kebbi, and Yobe states.

The President on Friday withdrew his nomination of Dr. Maryam Shetty from Kano State, replacing her with Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, also from Kano.

He also nominated the former Minister of State for Labour and Unemployment under President Muhammadu Buhari, Festus Keyamo (SAN), summing up the nominees to 48.

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