Nigeria: Senate Confirms Maduekwe, Others As Ambassadors

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed former Foreign Affairs Minister, Ojo Maduekwe, former Minister of Aviation, Fidelia Njeze, Esther Audu and 80 others as ambassadors.

The Senate President, David Mark also called for a reduction in the number of Nigerian embassies and missions abroad for effective and adequate funding.

Out of the 88 nominees sent to the Senate by President Goodluck Jonathan, 32 were political nominations, while 56 were career ambassadors.

Others who were confirmed as non-career ambassadors are: Mr. James Barka, Adamawa; Chief Asam Asam(SAN), Akwa Ibom; Mr. Okwudili Nwosu, Anambra; Mr. Okeke Chukwuemeka, Anambra; Mr. Eric Aworahbi, Bayelsa; Chive Kaave, Benue; Dauda Danladi, Borno; Mrs. Katherine Okon, Cross River; Hon Nwofe Alexander, Ebonyi; Princess Victorial Bosede Onipede, Ekiti; Sen. Haruna Garba, Gombe; Mrs. Nonye Rajis-Okpara, Imo; Chief Eddy Onuoha, Imo; Mr. Adamu Babangida Ibrahim, Katsina; Alhaji Tukur Mani, Katsina; Mr. Biodun Olorunfemi, Kogi; Mr. Olatokumboh Kamson, Lagos; Dr. Sam Jimba, Nasarawa; and Mr. Cornelius Oluwateru, Ondo.
Others are Col. Roland Omowa, Ondo; Mr. Akinyemi Faroubi, Osun; Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja, Oyo; Mrs. Matilda Kwashi, Plateau; Senator Abdalah Wali, Sokoto and Senator Lawan Guba, Yobe.

All the career ambassadors nominated were cleared by the committee and the Senate at plenary which confirmed the 56 nominees.

However, two of the nominees, Mrs. Sifawu Momoh, Edo; and Mazi Okafor Ojih, Ebonyi, could not scale the screening as the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs did not recommend them for confirmation. The duo were asked to appear before the Foreign Affairs Committee next week.

Addressing the floor after the confirmation process, Mark said he didn’t believe it was rational that, “We must keep all the missions… Personally, I don’t believe we must keep all the missions. When you travel out, you are confronted with myriads of problem.

Mark, therefore asked the committee to re-screen the three nominees who failed the first screening within seven days.

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