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Senate confirms 42 Ambassadors, Appeal Court President

The 42 Ambassadors-designate presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate for confirmation were approved on Thursday.

Their confirmation followed the acceptance of the report of the Committee on Foreign Affairs presented by its Chairman, Sen. Bulkachuwa Muhammad, and consideration of same at the committee of the whole.

Buhari had sought the confirmation of the Senate for appointment of the 42 nominees as career ambassadors to Nigerian foreign missions.

Those confirmed are: Chikezie Nwachukwu (Abia); Alex Kefas (Adamawa); Raymond Brown (Akwa Ibom); Godfrey Odudigbo (Anambra); Obinna Onowu (Anambra); Yakubu Suleiman (Bauchi)

“Also confirmed are: Ekpebike Agnana (Bayelsa); Benaoyagha Okoyen (Bayelsa); Mustapha Okoko (Benue); Aisha Garba (Borno); Mukhtar Bashir (Borno); Mfawa Abam (Cross River); Asari Allotey (Cross River).

“George Edokpa (Edo); Anderson Madubuike (Enugu); Adamu Lamuwa (Gombe); Innocent Iwejuo (Imo); Abubakar Sarki (Jigawa); Yakubu Ahmed (Jigawa); Suleiman Umar (Kaduna); Ahmed Sule (Kano); Gambo Hamza (Kano).”

Others are: Nura Rimi (Katsina); Lami Ahmed-Remawa (Katsina); Mohammed Manu (Kebbi); lngekem Ocheni (Kogi); lsmaila Yusuf (Kogi); Mistura Abdulraheem (Kwara).

“Wosilat Adedeji (Lagos); Ogah Ari (Nasarawa); A. A. Musa (Niger); Nart Kolo (Niger); Safiyu Olaniyan (Ogun); Abiodun Adejola (Ogun); Olawale Awe (Ondo); Olukayode Aluko (Osun); Ismail Alatishe (Osun); Victor Adeleke (Oyo).

“Matin Adamu (Plateau); lbim Charles (Rivers); Zachariah lfu (Taraba) and Bukar Hamman (Yobe).

The Senate also on Thursday confirmed the nomination of Justice Monica Mensem, as the President of the Court of Appeal following the approval of the report of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters headed by Sen. Michael Bamidele, presented the report and it was considered at the senate committee of the whole.

Similarly, it also confirmed the nomination of Mr John Kolo for appointment as Commissioner of Federal Character Commission following a presentation of the report of the Committee on Federal Character and Inter -Governmental Affairs.

It was also considered by same committee of the whole.

In his remarks, President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan said, “at the moment, many of our embassies don’t have the ambassadors or high commissioners.

“I will, therefore, urge the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to ensure they process the postings as quickly as possible.

“We need to have our interest protected in those countries. We have very strategic reasons why we should be represented properly in some of these countries.

“The absence of the ambassadors and high commissioners makes it difficult for a proper representation or even dispatches to the fatherland.

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