Senate gives conditions for screening ministerial nominees

The senate at today’s plenary session
resolved that all ministerial nominees must
have the endorsement of 2 senators from
their state before they could be granted a
pass during their screening.
Chairman of the Senate ad hoc committee
on Media and Publicity, Dino Melaye who
announced the new conditions today, said
the upper legislative arm will also adopt
other constitutional provisions and
conventions for screening nominees.
He said the Senate would also apply Section
147 of the Nigerian constitution which states
that a ministerial nominee must be an
indigene of one of the 36 states of the
federation, before that person can be
screened.
Melaye however did not state what will be
the outcome if a ministerial nominee fails to
get the support of 2 senators from their
state of origin. It appears former River state
governor, Rotimi Amaechi may be having a
tough time at the senate with this new
condition as all 3 PDP senators from his state
have expressed their opposition against his
nomination.
In a related development, some of the
minsiterial nominees have reported to the
Nigeria Police Headquarters for profiling as
directed by President Buhari. Those that
have reported so far includes former Lagos
state governor Babatunde Fashola, Audu
Ogbe, Chris Ngige, Udoma Udo Udoma and
Abubakar Malami.

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