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BREAKING: Senate Confirms Stephen Ocheni, Suleiman Hassan As Ministers

by on May 3, 2017
 
The senate has confirmed, Stephen Ocheni and Suleiman Hassan, the two ministerial nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ocheni, from Kogi state is replacing James Ocholi, a late minister of state for labour and productivity, who died in a road crash in March 2016.
Hassan from Gombe is the replacement for Amina Mohammed, former minister of environment, who is currently at the United Nations.
Ocheni obtained a doctorate degree in public finance from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2004.
He is a fellow of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria and that of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria.
Hassan is the former chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Gombe. He is also one of the non-career ambassadorial nominees whose appointment the senate confirmed earlier.
The nominees fielded questions from the senators during the screening.
They were confirmed when their nominations were put to a voice vote by Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The confirmation could be seen as a sign of improvement in the relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government.
Ocheni was nominated more than one year after a former Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi, died in a ghastly motor accident, along Kaduna-Abuja road.

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Hassan is to replace Amina Mohammed, who currently serves as the Deputy Secretary-General ‎of the United Nations (UN).

She resigned in February, while President Buhari was away in the United Kingdom (UK) for a routine medical checkup.

Professor Ocheni, until his appointment, was a lecturer in the Kogi State University.

The letter nominating them had read: “In accordance with section 147 (2) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, I have the honour to forward the underlisted ministerial nominees for confirmation of the Senate.Stephen Ikani Ocheni (professor), Kogi State and Suleiman Zana Hassan, Gombe State.

“It is my hope that this exercise will receive the usual kind of expeditious consideration of the distinguished members of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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