Jonathan submits 34 nominees to Senate


President Goodluck Jonathan has submitted the names of 34 ministerial nominees to the Senate for their vetting. The Senate will now interview each nominee and Senate president, Senator David Mark has said that there will be none of the usual ‘bow and go’ approach; each nominee will be properly scrutinised.

Unusually, the President has not attached the portfolios to the names of the nominees and we are unlikely to know who will be doing what until all nominees have completed the screening process.

There are 14 minister’s names from the previous Cabinet and 20 new names. The president also submitted the names of 20 special advisers for approval.

One name that had been expected on the list, that of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the current World Bank director was missing. She had been finance minister under former president Olusegun Obasanjo and had been expected to head a super-finance ministry. However, the Senate is expecting more names to be submitted because the president has not yet completed the constitutional requirement of one nominee from each of the 36 states.

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