By Tunde Opalana
Top on the agenda for Senate as it returns from its annual recess today is confirmation of recent key appointees of President Bola Tinubu.
Such appointments include those of Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Olayemi Michael Cardoso; Deputy Governors of the apex bank and Acting Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Zach Adedeji.
The appointments were done after the National Assembly commenced its long vacation at end of July.
Prelude to their confirmation, the Senate will upon resumption today screen Cardoso.
Senate will also screen four nominees for the positions of CBN Deputy Governors, who will assist Cardoso to steer the affairs of the apex bank in the next five years.
Efforts to get Senate spokesperson, Senator Yemi Adaramodu to give a clue to today’s agenda yielded no result as the lawmaker did not respond to inquiries made by our correspondent on his WhatsApp handle.
However, a statement by the Media Office of the Senate Leader, Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, confirmed that Senate will screen all the nominees following its resumption from annual recess.
The statement said: “The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will resume plenary on Tuesday, September 26. We will consider the screening of Dr. Cardoso at the Committee of the whole.
“Dr. Cardoso will be screened alongside four deputy governors namely Mrs. Emem Nnana Usoro, Mr. Muhammad Sani Abdullahi Dattijo, Mr. Philip Ikeazor, and Dr. Bala M. Bello.
“Besides, the Senate has scheduled to screen the ministerial nominees – Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim and Mr. Ayodele Olawande, respectively designated as Minister of Youth and Minister of State for Youth on October 3.”
On September 15, President Tinubu approved the nomination of Cardoso.
He also approved the nomination of four Deputy Governors for a term of five years each at the first instance, pending Senate confirmation.