Ministerial Nominees Screened by Senate Source: The Nation

President Muhammadu Buhari recently sent a list of 43 ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation.

Concise News reports that some of the nominees have already been screened, while some are yet to face the senators.

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But how much do you know them or their portfolios?

Here are the full profiles of the ministerial Nominees.

Richard Adeniyi Adebayo

Richard Adeniyi Adebayo Source: Citizen Confidential

Richard Adeniyi Adebayo is a Nigerian politician and a traditional aristocrat born on February 4, 1958. He served as the first Executive Governor of Ekiti State from May 29, 1999, to May 29, 2003, and represented the Alliance for Democracy (AD).

Adebayo has been associated with APC, and he is currently a top chieftain of the party. He has extensive experience in a wide range of disputes & legal and advisory work. His notable achievements have been in the areas of project finance, oil and gas, contract procurement and business facilitation.

He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the International Bar Association (IBA). Niyi is a keen sportsman and plays tennis, squash, and football. He attended University of Lagos where he studied Law and obtained (LL.B Hons).

Ali Isa Pantami

Ali Isa Pantami Source: Youtube

Ibrahim Pantami was born on 20 October 1972 in Gombe State, Nigeria. He started his education by attending traditional School for memorizing the Qur’an, called “Tsangaya School.” He spent more than four years in the school. He later joined a primary school in Pantami. He attended Government Science Secondary School in Gombe. After his secondary education, he spent an additional two years seeking more religious knowledge before moving to university.

Pantami studied Computer Science at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi, Nigeria, gaining a BTech in 2003 Session and an MSc in 2008, before obtaining a Ph.D. from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. He spent his life pursuing both formal and informal education, by switching from one form to another.

He also trained on Digital transformation at Harvard University, USA, then Management Strategy in both, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Institute of Management Development in Loussaune, Switzerland. He was also studied at Cambridge University for Management Programme, among others.

Festus Keyamo

Festus Keyamo Source: This Day

Festus Keyamo was born on January 21, 1970 at Ughelli, a town in Delta State, southern Nigeria but his father hails from Effurun area of the oil-rich state.

Keyamo had his primary education at Model Primary School and secondary education at Government College, Ughelli, where he obtained the West African School Certificate in 1986. He later proceeded to Ambrose Alli University at Ekpoma, in Edo State where he received a Bachelor of Law degree in 1992 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in December 1993.

Keyamo is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), social crusader, critic, columnist, and human rights, activist. He was named by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC), Nigeria on July 2017 as one of the outstanding Nigerian lawyers to be awarded the rank of SAN.

Keyamo was also awarded the Global Human Rights Award by the United States Global Leadership Council in Washington for his efforts over the years in respect of protection and promotion of human rights and the crusade for accountable governments in Nigeria.

Uchechukwu Ogah

Uchechukwu Ogah Source: News Daily

Uchechukwu Ogah is a Nigerian oil magnate, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist born on 22 December 1969 to Chief Wilson and Ezinne Pauline Ogah of Onuaku Uturu, Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State.

Ogah is the President of the Master Energy Group, a conglomerate with over 15 subsidiaries and interests across a variety of industries. Ogah holds the Nigerian national honour, the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON)

Ogah attended Ishiagu High School, after which he worked at West African Examination Council (WAEC) from 1986–89, before he proceeded to the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu State where he obtained Upper Credit at Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in 1992 and Distinction at the Higher National Diploma (HND) Level in 1995 in Accounting.

He also attended University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) where he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in 2005. He has a Bachelor of Science degree (Banking and Finance) from Ogun State University and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Lagos.

Ogah obtained his ACA in 2007. He is a Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN); Fellow, Institute of Brand Management of Nigeria; Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Shipping; Fellow, Employment & Career and member, Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Godswill Obot Akpabio

Godswill Obot Akpabio 

Godswill Obot Akpabio is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who was born on 9 December 1962. AKpabio is a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Senate’s Minority Leader. He was also Governor of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria from May 29, 2007, to May 29, 2015.

Akpabio started his educated at Methodist Primary School, Ukana, Essien Udim LGA, Akwa Ibom State; secondary school at the Federal Government College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; and his institution at the University of Calabar, Cross River State, where he obtained a Degree in Law.

While at the Federal Government College, Port Harcourt, he was appointed the Senior Prefect. In the University of Calabar, Akpabio was elected as the speaker of the parliamentary year.

Sharon Ikeazor

Sharon Ikeazor Source: The Nation

Sharon Ikeazor was born into the family of Chief Chimezie Ikeazor, SAN, of Obosi, Anambra State, the founder of the Legal Aid for the Poor Scheme in Nigeria. She graduated with an LLB Hons in 1984 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985.

Ikeazor has 27 years’ post-graduation experience as a Solicitor and Advocate with vast knowledge and experience in the field of business development for foreign multinational companies, project management, banking administration, national and international government liaison. She was an Executive Secretary in Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).

George Akume

George Akume Source: Facebook

George Akume is a Nigerian politician born on 27 December 1953. Akume was a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was the Minority Leader of the Senate from June 2011 to June 2015. He was also the Governor of Benue State from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.

Also, he was the first Governor of Benue State to have completed two terms in office. He was elected governor of Benue State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and was then elected to the Senate.

George Akume obtained a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Labour Relations from the University of Ibadan. He became a career civil servant who rose to the apex of the professional career ladder as a permanent secretary.

Goddy Jedy Agba

Goddy Jedy Agba Source: Fearless Reporter

Goddy Jedy Agba is a Nigerian politician, farmer, and former Group General Manager of Crude Oil Marketing Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC). Agba was born on the 20th of August, 1958 in Obudu, Cross River State.

He obtained his first degree in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Samaru, Zaria in 1983. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, Akoka in 1989.

Agba is the first son of HRH Uti J.D the paramount ruler of Obudu Area Council reputed to be the longest-serving traditional ruler in Cross River State.

Agba’s father has been on the throne for over 50 years and he is a three-time chairman of the State traditional council. He contested during the last Guber election in Cross River in 2015 but lost.

Timipre Sylva

Timipre Sylva 

Timipre Sylva was born in Brass, Bayelsa (formerly Rivers State, of which Bayelsa State was split off from in 1996), and was educated there and in Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria. He was a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly in the 1990s.

As a candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Sylva won the Bayelsan gubernatorial election on May 29, 2007, and succeeded Goodluck Jonathan who went on to the position of Vice President.

Babatunde Raji Fashola

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Babatunde Raji Fashola is a Nigerian lawyer and politician born on 28 June 1963. Fashola is currently the Federal Minister of Power, Works, and Housing and was the former Lagos State Governor from May 29, 2007, to May 29, 2015.

As a candidate of the Action Congress party, now known as the All Progressives Congress, Fashola succeeded Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on 14 April 2007, and was sworn in on 29 May 2007.

He was re-elected on 26 April 2011. On November 11th, 2015, he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to be the Minister of Power, Works, and Housing. Fashola up till date is considered by many as one of the most successful governors in Lagos state.

Gbemisola Saraki

Gbemisola Saraki Source: Facebook

Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki is a Nigerian senator who was elected to represent the Kwara Central Senatorial District under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party in the year 2003. She was elected into the House of Representatives in 1999 representing Asa/Ilorin West Federal Constituency, Kwara State.

Gbemisola Saraki was born on the 3rd of 1965 and she attended the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics. She did her national service at the Nigeria Bank for Commerce and Industry, Lagos. She worked for the Societe Generale Bank (Nigeria) as Head of Money Markets and later as Head of Domiciliary Accounts.

From 1994 to 1999 she was Executive Director of Ashmount Insurance Brokers, Lagos. She is widely known for her intelligence, philanthropy, and love for education. It is on record that besides her father, Dr. Olusola Saraki, no politician from the north-central zone has given out as many scholarships as Gbemi Saraki. Gbemi Saraki is Kwara’s biggest grassroots mobilizer.

Muhammad Mahmoud

Muhammad Mahmoud Source: Channels TV

Justice Mohammed Mahmoud was born on November 10, 1946, in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State, northeastern Nigeria. He obtained a Bachelor of Law degree at Ahmadu Bello University in 1970 and was called to the Nigerian bar, the same year he graduated from the Nigerian Law School.

He joined the services of the Ministries of Justice of the defunct North-eastern state as a barrister and in 1991, he became the acting Chief judge of Taraba State, the same year his appointment was confirmed as the Chief Judge of the state.

In 2005, he was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria as Justice. In November 2014, he was appointed as the Chief Justice of Nigeria to succeed Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, the first female Justice of Nigeria. Justice Mahmud Mohammed is currently the Chairman of the National Judicial Council

Chibuke Rotimi Amaechi

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Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is a Nigerian politician who served as the fifth Governor of Rivers State from 2007 to 2015. He was re-elected for a second term on 26 April 2011.

Amaechi was a member of the People’s Democratic Party before defecting to the All Progressives Congress on 27 November 2013. He is now a serving Federal Minister of Transportation. He is also the director-general of Buhari reelection campaign.

Amaechi was born on 27 May 1965 in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State to the family of late Elder Fidelis Amaechi and Mrs. Mary Amaechi. His first and last names are Ikwerre meaning “God is strength or power” and “who knows tomorrow” respectively.

He was raised in Diobu, a densely populated neighborhood in Port Harcourt and had his early education at St Theresa’s Primary School from 1970 to 1976. He earned his West African Senior School Certificate in 1982 after attending Government Secondary School Okolobiri.

Ameachi received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in English Studies and Literature from the University of Port Harcourt in 1987, where he was the President of the National Union of Rivers State Students (NURSS). He completed the mandatory National Youth Service corps in 1988. He thereafter joined the Services of Pamo Clinics and Hospitals Limited owned by Peter Odili, the former Governor of Rivers State where he worked until 1992.

Lai Mohammed

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Lai Mohammed Source: Twitter photo

Lai Mohammed is an active politician and was the National Publicity Secretary of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Nigeria. He was on November 11, 2015, sworn in by President Muhammadu Buhari as Minister of Information and Culture following his appointment and successful screening by the Nigerian Senate.

Lai Mohammed is current Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture. A Nigerian lawyer, and former National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mohammed was born into the family of Alhaji Mohammed Adekeye in 1952. He is a native of Oro in Kwara State. He earned a bachelor’s degree in French from Obafemi Awolowo University, in the year 1975. He proceeded to obtain a Law degree from the University of Lagos, and then Nigerian Law School in 1986. As a practicing Lawyer, Lai Mohammed co-founded the legal firm of Edu & Mohammed as a Senior Partner in 1989.

In October 2002, Alhaji Lai Mohammed was a candidate for governor in the April 2003 Kwara State elections on the Alliance for Democracy platform. He was assaulted and five vehicles in his convoy were smashed in front of Senator Suleiman Ajadi’s campaign office at Oke-Onigbin during a festivity.[3] He served as Governor Tinubu’s Chief of Staff during his first term.

Adamu Adamu

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Minister of Education Adamu Adamu

Adamu-Adamu is a Nigerian accountant, writer, journalist and former Minister of Education. He was appointed minister by President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2015, along with 35 others, when the president made his first major appointments. Before his appointment, Adamu wrote back page column for Media Trust’s titles and often syndicated by many news outlets including London-based Crescent International

Adamu was born on 25 May 1956 in Katagum, Bauchi State. He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He also obtained a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

After graduation from University, Adamu worked briefly as an accountant in his home state Bauchi before venturing into Journalism where he rose through ranks to become Deputy Editor of now-defunct New Nigerian newspaper.

Abubakar Malami

Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami\Twitter

Abubakar Malami is a Nigerian politician, lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He is Nigeria’s immediate past Minister for Justice and Attorney-General. Abubakar Malami was born on 17 April 1967 in Birnin Kebbi, the capital of Kebbi State, Northern Nigeria.

His primary education began at Nassarawa Primary School, Birnin Kebbi before he completed his secondary school education at the College of Arts and Arabic Studies. In 1991, he graduated from Usmanu Danfodiyo University where he studied Law and was called to the bar in 1992.

Abubakar is an alumnus of the University of Maiduguri where he obtained his master’s degree in Public Administration in 1994. As a legal practitioner, Abubakar has served in various capacities including being a counsel and magistrate in Kebbi State and as National Legal Adviser of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change. Abubakar Malami was actively involved in the formation of the All Progressives Congress in 2013.

Rauf Aregbeshola

Rauf Aregbesola

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is a Nigerian politician who served previously as the governor of Osun State between 2010 and 2018. Aregbesola was an activist and Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure when he ran for election in April 2007 on the Action Congress platform.

Although the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Olagunsoye Oyinlola was declared the winner, Aregbesola appealed the decision and on 26 November 2010, he was declared the winner by Justices of the Federal Appeal Court, Ibadan who ordered that he should be sworn into office by noon on 27 November 2010.

Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu is a Nigerian politician who hails from Kogi State, Nigeria. She was the National Woman Leader of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) later All Progressive Congress (APC) after the party and other political parties merged (2014 – 2018).

She has supported the incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari during his second term presidential campaign, where she criticized the opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar of not bringing anything important to the development of the country while he was the vice president of Nigeria, and called on Nigerians not to expect anything from him as he has nothing to offer again.

She was previously elected the president of the Council of African Political Parties. Tijjani who was born on 12 June 1970 is currently nominated to be a Nigerian minister by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 22, 2019, and would be confirmed after a successful screening from the National Assembly.