39 non-career ambassadors confirmed by senate

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Following consideration of the report of the Senate committee on Foreign Affairs, the Senate, on Wednesday, confirmed the appointment of 39 non-career Ambassadors-designate. Also approved was the nomination of Mr Suleiman Sani from FCT as career ambassador.

Sen. Bulkachuwa who is the Chairman of the committee explained the process of screening of the nominees to his colleagues.

He explained that the nominees Yobe and Niger states could not be confirmed following pending issues regarding their nominations.

Senator Philip Aduda (PDP, FCT) protested the non inclusion of individuals from FCT in the list of non-career ambassadors-designate, but was assured by the Senate President that the appointment of ambassadors has not been foreclosed.

Lawan urged the federal government to adequately fund Nigerian missions abroad.

“It is either we fund the embassies properly or we prune the numbers,” he said.

The non-career Ambassadors-designate confirmed by the Senate are:

Engr Umar Suleiman (Adamawa)

Kelvin Peter (Adamawa)

Chief Elejah Onyeagba (Anambra)

Prof. Monique Ekpong (Cross River)

Ominyi N. Eze (Ebonyi)

Yamah Mohammed Musa (Edo)

Maj. Gen. C. O. Ugwu (Enugu)

Dr. Hajara I. Salim (Gombe)

Amb. Yahaya Lawal (Katsina)

Ademola Seriki (Lagos)

Chief Sarafa Tunji Ishola (Ogun)

Adejare Bello (Osun)

John Usanga (Akwa Ibom)

Hamisu Umar Takalmawa (Kano)

Philip Ikurusi (Bayelsa)

Hon. Tarzoor Terhemen (Benue)

Al-Bishir Ibrahim Al-Hussain (Borno)

Obiezu Ijeoma Chinyerem (Imo)

Ali M. Magashi (Jigawa)

Prof. M. A. Makarfi (Kaduna)

Henry John Omaku (Nasarawa)

Sadiya Ahmad Nuhu (Kano)

Adeshina Alege (Oyo)

Shehu Abdullahi Yibaikwai (Plateau)

Maureen Tamuno (Rivers)

Faruk Yabo (Sokoto)

Abubakar Moriki (Zamfara)

Adamu M. Hassan (Taraba)

Abubakar D. Ibrahim Siyi (Bauchi)

Paul Oga Adikwu (Benue)

Jazuli Imam Galadanci (Kano)

Dare Sunday Awoniyi (Kogi)

Ibrahim Kayode Laaro (Kwara)

Abioye Bello (Kwara)

Zara Maazu Umar (Kwara)

Mrs. Nimi Akinkugbe (Ondo)

Debo Adesina (Oyo)

Ms. Folakemi Akinyele (Oyo)

Oma Djebah (Delta)

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