Following a satisfactory report by the Chairman of Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Adamu Muhammad Bulkachuwa, Senate on Wednesday confirmed 39 out 41 ambassadorial nominees with only one as Career nominee.
In a report which formed the basis for this Wednesday’s confirmation of nominees, the Committee sought for nominees from Niger and Yobe to be stood down, citing unresolved issues from their states. They are: Air Comodore Peter Ndabake Gana (Rtd) and Yusuf Mohammed.
Senator Bulkachuwa said, nominees were screened virtually and physically, and were found satisfactory.
He said: “All the 41 nominees exhibited a high level of diplomacy that warranted no objection from the Committee.
“They were drawn from academic, public and private sectors with high level of pedigree and exposure.
He added that the Committee stood down nominees from Niger and Yobe States pending the resolution of the mixed up surrounding their appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, Senator Gabriel Suswam (Benue Northeast), pointed out that two career Ambassadors from Benue went to the same zone, leaving the biggest zone he represents, hence, “the need to step down pending when it’s being sorted out.
Also, Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf (Taraba Central), and Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba South) complained of lopsidedness in the appointment of Ambassadorial nominee from Taraba, citing relevant Act of the Federal Character Commission, while urging the Senate to step down the nominee.
Reacting, Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan pleaded for understanding, insisting that the business of the Senate was to confirm and to appoint.
The Chamber, thereafter, confirmed the following:
Suleiman Sani – Career ambassador Umar Sulieman, Adamawa Kevin Peter, Adamawa John Usanga, Akwa Ibom Elejah Onyeagba, Anambra Abubakar Ibrahim, Bauchi Philip Ikurusi, Bayelsa Tarzoor Terhemen, Benue Paul Adikwu, Benue Al-Bishir Al-Hussain, Borno Bwala Bukar, Borno Monique Ekpong, Cross River Oma Djebah, Delta Ominyi Eze, Ebonyi Yamah Musa, Edo C. O Ugwu, Enugu Hajara Salim, Gombe Obiezu Chinyerem, Imo Ali Magashi, Jigawa M. A Markarfi, Kaduna Hamisu Takalmawa, Kano Jazuli Gadalanci, Kano Sadiya Nuhu, Kano Yahaya Lawal, Katsina Dare Sunday Awoniyi, Kogi Ibrahim Laaro, Kwara Abioye Bello, Kwara Zara Umar, Kwara Ademola Seriki, Lagos Henry Omaku, Nasarawa Sarafa Isola, Ogun Nimi Akinkube, Ondo Adejaba Bello, Osun Adeshina Alege, Oyo Debo Adeshina, Oyo Folakemi Akinyele, Oyo Shehu Yibaikwal, Plateau Maureen Tamuno, Rivers Faruk Yabo, Sokoto Adamu Hassan, Taraba
Abubakar Moriki, Zamfara
After their confirmation, Senate President advised Ambassadors to interact with Senators from their States in the interest of the nation.