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95 ambassadors-designate, spouses set for induction ceremony

The 95 new ambassadors-designate who were approved for posting by President Muhammadu Buhari six months after their confirmation by the Senate, are set to commence an induction exercise with their spouses preparatory to their final posting to Nigeria missions abroad.

The induction follows the official confirmation of the posting as released in a statement by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda.

“The list includes 43 career ambassadors and 52 non-career ambassadors.
“With this development, the process of requesting agreement from the prospective host countries have commenced.

“The ministry also wishes to inform that there will be an induction course for the ambassadors-designate and their spouses, which will hold on a date to be announced shortly to prepare and facilitate movement of the envoys to their respective missions.

“Among the non-career ambassadors that the Senate cleared on July 22, 2020 were a former THISDAY Editor, Mr. Oma Djebah (Delta) and a former Editor of The Guardian, Mr. Debo Adesina (Oyo).

Other non-career ambassadors-designate confirmed by the Senate were Umar Suleiman (Adamawa), Kelvin Peter (Adamawa), Chief Elejah Onyeagba (Anambra), Prof. Monique Ekpong (Cross River), Ominyi N. Eze (Ebonyi), Yamah Mohammed Musa (Edo), Maj. Gen. C. O. Ugwu (Enugu), Dr. Hajara I. Salim (Gombe), Amb. Yahaya Lawal (Katsina) and Ademola Seriki (Lagos).

The list also includes Chief Sarafa Tunji Ishola (Ogun), Adejare Bello (Osun), John Usanga (Akwa Ibom), Hamisu Umar Takalmawa (Kano), Philip Ikurusi (Bayelsa), Hon. Tarzcor Terhemen (Benue), Al-Bishir Ibrahim Al-Hussain (Borno), Obiezu Ijeoma Chinyerem (Imo), Ali M. Magashi (Jigawa) and Prof. M. A. Makarfi (Kaduna).

Others are Henry John Omaku (Nasarawa), Sadiya Ahmad Nuhu (Kano), Adeshina Alege (Oyo), Shehu Abdullahi Yibaikwai (Plateau), Maureen Tamuno (Rivers), Faruk Yabo (Sokoto), Abubakar Moriki (Zamfara), Adamu M. Hassan (Taraba), Abubakar D. Ibrahim Siyi (Bauchi), Paul Oga Adikwu (Benue), Jazuli Imam Galadanci (Kano), Dare Sunday Awoniyi (Kogi), Ibrahim Kayode Laaro (Kwara), Abioye Bello (Kwara), Zara Maazu Umar (Kwara), Mrs. Nimi Akinkugbe (Ondo) and Ms. Folakemi Akinyele (Oyo).

The president, in May 2020, had also sent a list of 42 career ambassadors-designate to the Senate for ratification.

The nominees are O Nwachukwu (Abia), A. Kefas (Adamawa), R.U Brown (Akwa Ibom), G.A Odidibo (Anambra), O.C Onowu (Anambra), Y.S Sulieman (Bauchi), E.S Agbana (Bayelsa), B.B.M Okoyen (Bayelsa), G.M Okoko (Benue), A.M Garba (Borno), M.I Bashir (Borno), M.O Abang (Cross River) and A.E Alote (Cross River).

Others are G.E Edokpa (Edo), A.M Maduwike (Enugu), Adamu Lamua (Gombe), Innocent Iwejuo (Imo), A.S Abubakar (Jigawa), Y.A Ahmed (Jigawa) and S.D Umar (Kaduna).

The rest are: A. A Sule (Kano), G.Y Hamza (Kano), N. Rini (Katsina), Ahmed Rimawa (Katsina), M. Manu (Kebbi), I.R Ocheni (Kogi), I.A Yusuf (Kogi), M. Abdulraheem (Kwara), W.A Adedeji (Lagos), A.U Ogah (Nasarawa), A.A Musa (Niger), N.A Kolo (Niger), H.O Olaniyon (Ogun), A.R Adejola (Ogun), O.E Awe (Ondo), O.O Aluko (Osun), E.A Alatishe (Osun), V.A Adeleke (Oyo), M.S Adamu (Plateau), I.N Charles (Rivers), M. Ifu (Taraba) and B.B Hamman (Yobe).

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