The Nigerian Senate will today screen the former chairman of the board of Citi Bank Nigeria, Dr. Olayemi Michael Cardoso, for the position of governor of Nigeria’s apex bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Along with Dr. Cardoso, four other nominees for the roles of CBN Deputy Governors will also undergo the screening process at the Committee of the whole. They are Mrs. Emem Nnana Usoro, Mr. Muhammad Sani Abdullahi Dattijo, Mr. Philip Ikeazor, and Dr. Bala M. Bello.
The five nominees are expected to work together to manage the affairs of the apex bank for the next five years, according to a statement from the Senate.
The statement said “We will consider the screening of Dr. Cardoso at the Committee of the whole. 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 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.”
The Senate will resume its plenary session on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, after a seven-week recess. One of the main items on the agenda is the inauguration of the standing committees that will oversee various sectors and issues. The senators had extended their recess by a week to screen and confirm 45 ministerial nominees appointed by President Bola Tinubu. Three nominees are still awaiting confirmation.
The standing committees that are expected to be inaugurated include: Water Resources, chaired by former Zamfara State governor Abdulaziz Yari; Ecology, chaired by Seriake Dickson; Power, chaired by Eyinnaya Abaribe; Police Affairs, chaired by Hamid Mallam; Local and Foreign Debts, chaired by Aliyu Wamakko; National Planning and Economic Affairs, chaired by Yahaya Abdullahi; Youths and Sports/Media and Public Affairs, chaired by Yemi Adaramodu; Women Affairs, chaired by Ireti Kingibe; Inter-parliamentary Affairs, chaired by Danjuma Goje; Privatisation, chaired by Orji Uzor Kalu; Agriculture, chaired by Mustapha Salihu; Public Accounts, chaired by Aliu Wadada; and Science and Technology, chaired by Aminu Abbas.