Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
Former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and two-term senator, Senator Olorunninmbe Mamora, former Supreme Court justice, George Oguntade and former Plateau State Deputy Governor, Pauline Tallen, were among the 46 ambassadorial nominees whose names were sent to the Senate yesterday by President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation.
The list, as read by Senate President Bukola Saraki, contained only non-career diplomats and thus bringing the number of ambassadorial nominees sent to the Senate so far to 93. The president had earlier in June sent the names of 47 career diplomats to the Senate for confirmation. However, even though the nominees were screened in July, they are yet to be confirmed by the Senate.
The full list of non-career ambassadorial nominees as read by Saraki yesterday are Dr. (Mrs) Uzoma E. Emenike (Abia); Dr. Clifford Zirra (Adamawa); Maj. Gen. Godwin G. Umo (Rtd) (Akwa Ibom); Christopher J.N. Okeke (Anambra); Yusuf Tugar (Bauchi); Baba Madugu (Bauchi); Brig Gen. Stanley Diriyai (Bayelsa); Dr. Enyantu ifenne (Benue); Mohammed Hayatuddeen (Borno) and Dr. Etubom N.E. Asuquo (Cross River).
Others are Mr. Francis Efeduma (Delta), Mr. Jonah M. Odo (Ebonyi), Uyagwe Igbe (Edo), Ayodele L. Ayodeji (Ekiti), Maj. Gen. Chris Eze (Enugu), Alhaji Suleiman Hassan (Gombe), Amin Muhammad Dalhatu (Jigawa), Muhammad Yaro (Kaduna), Deborah S. Aliya (Kaduna), Prof. D. Abduikadir (Kano), Alh. Haruna Ungogo (Kano), Justice lsa Dodo (Katsina), Dr.Usman Bugaje (Katsina), Professor Tijjani Bande (Kebbi), Prof Y. O. Aliu (Kogi), Nuruddeen Mohamed (Kwara), Prof. Mohamed G. Yisa (Kwara), Justice George Adesola Oguntade (Lagos), Senator Olorunimbe Mamora (Lagos) and Mrs. Modupe Irele (Lagos).
Also on the list are Musa Ilu Muhammad (Nasarawa), Mohammad Ibeto (Niger), Mr. Ade Asekun (Ogun), Mr. Sola Iji (Ondo), Adegboyega A. Ogunwusi (Ondo), Rtd. Major Gen. Ashimiyu A. Olaniyi (Oyo), PauIine Tallen (Plateau), Dr. Haruna Bawa Abduuahi (Plateau), Orji Ngofa (Rivers), Justice Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor (Rivers), Jamila Ahmadu-Suka (Sokoto), Hon. Kabiru Umar (Sokoto), Alh. Mustafa Jami (Taraba), Goni Modu Zanna Bura (Yobe), Alh. Garba Gajam (Zamfara), Cpt. Abdul|ahi Uba Garbasi (Zamfara).
However, after Saraki read the list, Senator Philip Aduda (FCT), protested the non-inclusion of any nominee from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), describing it as unfair as he insisted that the federal government must revisit the case of FCT in the spirit of fairness and equity.