President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has requested the Senate to confirm three additional ministerial nominees.
The president made the request in a letter written to the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, and read on the floor of the Senate during Tuesday’s plenary.
In the letter read by Akpabio, President Tinubu asked the Senate to confirm Dr. Jamila Bio, Balarebe Abbas and Olawale Olawande as ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Senate President said the president nominated Abbas to replace the former Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, who was not screened and cleared by the Senate due to security reasons.
Recall that on September 17, Tinubu approved the appointment of Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim to serve as the Minister of Youth, pending her confirmation by the Senate.
The President had further approved the nomination of Olawande to serve as the Minister of State for Youth.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, disclosed this in a statement.
The statement described Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim as a “young medical doctor” who most recently served as the President of the Progressive Young Women Forum (PYWF).
“She has also served as the Senior Special Assistant to the Kwara State Governor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” it said.
The statement added: “The President has further approved the nomination of Mr. Ayodele Olawande to serve as the Minister of State for Youth, pending his confirmation by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Mr. Ayodele Olawande is a community development expert and youth leader in the governing All Progressives Congress (APC). He most recently served in the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Innovation from 2019 to 2023.
“President Tinubu charges the above-mentioned nominees to ensure that they consistently reflect the dynamism, innovative zeal, and unyielding productivity that are synonymous with the young people of Nigeria as they discharge their duties.”