President Muhammdu Buhari has begun moves signaling commencement of cabinet reshuffling, with the nomination of Muazu Jaji Sambo from Taraba State as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
This is coming months after the president sacked the Ministers of Power, Saleh Mamman and his Agriculture and Rural Development counterpart, Sabo Nanono over alleged poor performance.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, read Buhari’s letter urging the lawmakers to screen and confirm the nominee for appointment at plenary on Tuesday morning.
Aside from the minister-designate, Buhari also nominated six National Commissioners and one Resident Electoral Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The newly nominated candidates for confirmation by the Senate as National Commissioners of INEC include Malam Mohammed Haruna (Niger State) North Central; May Agbamuche Mbu – Delta State; Okeagu Kenneth Nnamdi – Abia State, South East; Maj. Gen. A.B. Alkali (retd.) – Adamawa State, North East; Engr. Prof. Rada H. Gumus – Bayelsa State, South South, and Mr. Sam Olumeku – Ondo State, South West.
Meanwhile, Olaniyi Olaleye Ijalaye from Ondo State, (South West) was named Resident Electoral Commissioner.
Those nominated as commissioners for the National Population Commission (NPC), include Engr Benedict Opong – Akwa Ibom State; Mrs Gloria Izofor Mni – Bayelsa state, Barr. Mrs Patricia O. Iyayan Kuchi – Benue State, Dr. Bala Haliru, Kebbi State and Dr Iyatayo Oyetunbi, Oyo State.