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Nigeria gets new Cabinet Minister

David Mark, Senate President

The nomination of Alhaji Adburamah Adamu as a Cabinet Minister, in President Umaru Yar’ Adua administration was confirmed by the Nigerian Senate, today.

His appointment had earlier been rejected twice by the Upper Legislative Chamber, which is empowered under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to screen and confirmed  nominees for Cabinet positions.

 Alhaji Adamu belongs to the opposition All Nigeria People Party (ANPP), and its filling one of the slots reserved for other parties in the ‘Government of National Unity’, which is a loose arrangement by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to accomodate other political parties in the allocation of appointive political offices.

Some members of his party in the Senate had earlier objected to his ministerial nomination. Speaking on the reasons for this,  the Chairman of the Rules and Business Committee of the Senate, Senator Aloysius Etok said :” the nominee had moral questions that need to be answered, and the ANPP also need to put its house in order”.

Also, the Senate confirmed the reappointment of the Chairman and all the members of the Nigeria Pension Commission, today.