Senate: Drama of Ministerial Screening


Buhari’s ministerial nominees give perspectives on national issues and development at Senate Screening and these are a precursor to what will happen as the exercise continues next week
By Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja
(L) Senate President, Bukola Saraki and other senators
After a wait of over four months, the process of bringing in the men and women who will work with President Muhammadu Buhari to “change,” Nigeria as stated in the manifesto of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC has began to crystallize with the approval of 18 ministerial nominees for appointment by the President by the Senate last Wednesday.
The ministerial nominees were cleared after two days of intensive screening include Senator Udoma Udo-Udoma, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, Dr. Osage Ehanire, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Amina Mohammed and Suleiman Adamu. Also cleared were Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Senator Chris Ngige, Abubakar Malami (SAN), Senator Aisha Alhassan, Mr. Solomon Dalong, Kemi Adeosun, Mr. Hadi Sirika and Ibrahim Jibril.
The intended screening dominated public discussion in the past one week, especially with the Senators vowing that the nominees will be subjected to thorough screening and protests against the presence of some personalities among the intended ministers. However, in spite of the huffing and puffing of Senators, the screening of the ministerial nominees which was streamed live on television and on the internet yielded tremendously for Nigerians as it provided insights into the nominees as well as the changes they will want to see in the various areas of national life when they become ministers.
Though the President did not attach portfolios to the names of the nominees, Senators however grilled them on the area they might be asked to superintend over based on their qualifications and previous areas of employments. Some of the nominees who have held public …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper