President Muhammadu Buhari has picked Stephen Ocheni and Suleiman Hassan to fill the vacant ministerial positions in the Federal Executive Council.
The names of the two new ministerial nominees were sent in a letter that arrived the Senate on Tuesday evening for confirmation.
Senate President Bukola Saraki today read Mr. Buhari’s letter and further requested the screening and confirmation of the two ministerial nominees at the plenary.
Mr. Ocheni is from Kogi State which has not had anyone in the FEC, as constitutionally required, since the death of James Ochonu in an accident last year.
Mr. Hassan, Gombe State, is to replace Amina Mohammed who left Nigeria’s public service to take up top responsibility at the United Nations.
The list of ministerial nominees is coming at a time when the Senate stood down for two weeks consideration of the request of President Buhari for the appointment of Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).
The Senate based its decision on what it termed disregard for its resolutions.
The upper legislative chamber specifically berated the President for appearing to be doing nothing about the rejection of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the EFCC but allowing him to function in acting capacity.
The senate stressed that it was wrong to leave any appointee in acting capacity even after he had been rejected twice by the senate.