Reps give Osinbajo ultimatum to swear in ministerial nominees
Following his failure to swear in two ministerial nominees screened and passed by the Senate since May, the House of Representatives has given the Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo one week to do the needful.
The House, on Tuesday, asked Osinbajo to inaugurate the ministers and assign portfolios to them “within one week.”
They are Mr. Stephen Ocheni, a nominee from Kogi State, and Mr. Suleiman Hassan, who was nominated from Gombe State by President Muhammadu Buhari.
They were screened by the Senate in May.
While Ocheni is to replace the late James Ocholi, in the case of Hassan, he is to replace Amina Mohammed, who joined the United Nations last year.
The House passed the resolution following a motion moved by a member from Kogi State, Mr. Karimi Sunday.
Sunday complained that in the case of Kogi, it had been without a minister for nearly two years.
He stated, “These two states are not represented at the Federal Executive Council.
“This is a breach of the 1999 Constitution.
“The prayer of this motion is that the Acting President should swear in them in and allocate portfolios to them within one week.”
The resolution was endorsed in a unanimous voice vote.
The session was presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun. Source Punch