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Ministerial List: Buhari Forwards 43 Names to Senate

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  • Ministerial List: Buhari Forwards 43 Names to Senate

President Buhari has finally forwarded ministerial nominees to the National Assembly for confirmation, the Senate President, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, Said on Tuesday.

This is coming two months after President Buhari was sworn-in and five months after he was re-elected.

Investors and businesses have blamed the delay in cabinet formation for the current bearish trend in the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the exchange year-to-date loss stood at over 11 percent despite the arrival of MTN Nigeria and Airtel Africa.

Traders are standing aside as they a worried that a new economic team may disrupt market rhythm with a new economic policy, hence they are reluctant to jump the gun without a clear economic path.

However, the Senate is likely to confirm the 43 names before embarking on two months break at the end of the week or further delay we worsen market confidence.

Below are the nominees

Abia – Uchechukwu Samson Ogah
Adamawa – Mohammed Musa Bello
Akwa Ibom – God’Swill Akpabio
Anambra – Dr Chris Ngige
Anambra – Sharon Ikeazu
Bauchi – Adamu Adamu
Bauchi – Ambassador Mariam Kategu
Bayelsa – Timipre Sylvia
Benue – George Akume
Borno – Mustapha Baba Shehuri
Cross River – Goddi Jeddi Agba
Delta – Festus Keyamo
Ebonyi – Ogbonnaya Onu
Edo – Osagie Ehanire
Edo – Clement Agba
Ekiti – Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo
Enugu – Geoffrey Onyema
Gombe – Isa Ibrahim Patami
Imo – Emeka Nwajiuba
Jigawa – Sulieman Adamu
Kaduna – Zainab Ahmed
Kaduna – Mohammed Mahmud
Kano – Sabo Nanono
Kano – Major Bashir Sani
Katsina – Hadi Serika
Kebbi – Abubakar Malami
Kogi – Ramatu Tijani
Kwara – Lai Mohammed
Kwara – Gbemisola Saraki
Lagos – Babatunde Raji Fashola
 Lagos – Adeleke Mamora
Nasarawa – Mohammed Abdullahi
Niger – Zubairu Dada
Ogun – Olamilekun Adegbite
Ondo – Tayo Alaosuadura
Osun – Rauf Aregbesola
Oyo – Sunday Dare
Plateau – Pauline Talin
Rivers – Rotimi Amaechi
Sokoto – Mohammed Dangidi
Taraba – Sale Mamman
 Yobe – Abubakar Aliyu
 Zamfara – Sadiya Umar Farouk.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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106 Nations Back Okonjo-Iweala for WTO Top Job

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Over 100 Nations Back Okonjo-Iweala for WTO Top Job

The entire 27 European member states have declared support for Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Nigeria’s former minister of finance, in her bid to become the first female director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The European member nations presently backing the former minister are France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

This bring the number of countries officially backing Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy to 106 out of the 164 states that made up WTO. The number includes the 55-member African Union.

The WTO’s consultation process ends today and the new leader is expected to be named in November but an EU official said the EU will publicly announce its support for the 66-year-old economist today, according to AFP.

The final winner between the two women will replace Brazil’s Roberto Azevedo and former director-general of the 25-year-old trade organisation.

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British Embassy Reopens For Visa Applications

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United Kingdom Embassy in Nigeria Has Reopened For Visa Applications

The United Kingdom embassy in Nigeria has reopened for operation after shutting down about five days ago because of the #EndSARS protest.

Last week, the UK High Commission said “Due to the ongoing protest in Nigeria and for the safety of both staff and applicants, our Nigeria centres will be closed for 48 hours at a minimum. For applicants with booked appointments within this period, please you will need to reschedule your appointment for next week, from 26th October 2020.

“We will continue to post regular updates on this page, so please keep checking back for the latest information on reopening. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.”

However, on Tuesday the embassy through its official tweeter handle @UKinNigeria said “Our TLS contact Visa Application Centres are now open in Nigeria.”

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FG Declares Thursday Oct 29 Public Holiday to Celebrate Eidul-Mawlid

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The Federal Government has declared Thursday October 29, 2020 as Public Holiday to mark this year’s Eidul-Mawlid Celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).

A statement signed on Tuesday by Mohammed Manga Director (Press & Public Relations) Ministry of Interior said the Minister Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated the Muslim faithful both at home and abroad for witnessing this year’s occasion.

Aregbesola enjoined them to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country.

The Minister admonished Muslims to follow the teaching of the Holy Quran in Chapter 4 Verse 59 which says: “O you who believe! Obey God and obey the Messenger, and those from among you who are vested with authority; and if you are to dispute among yourselves about anything, refer it to God and the Messenger, if indeed you believe in God and the Last Day. This is the best (for you), and fairest in the end”

Aregbesola also urged Nigerians, particularly Muslims, at this moment, to abhor violence, lawlessness, wantonness and daylight robbery as witnessed across the country most recently, stressing that Nigeria is the pride of the black race and should provide responsible leadership for the greatness and development of the African continent and all black people.

While calling for a stop to all divisive tendencies across the country, the Minister urged all Nigerians and the youth in particular, to embrace peace and cooperate with the President Muhammadu Buhari led-Administration in its effort to build a virile nation, which all citizens can be proud of.

The minister, who described the youth as the hope and future of the nation advised them further to deepen democracy and not dampen it. For him, it is with more democracy that we can overcome our challenges, noting that the challenges of nationhood that we face are surmountable if we work through the democratic process.

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