Anxiety As Senate Suspends Further Ministerial Nominees Screening

Tension mounts as the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has further delayed the slow efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to form his cabinet, four months after assuming office, by suspending ongoing screening on would-be ministers.

The Senate on Thursday suspended further screening of Ministerial Nominees to Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

The Senate made this known through it’s twitter handle, saying,
”Ladies and gentlemen. There will be no #MinisterialScreening today. We will continue on Tuesday. We will tweet CVs of new nominees”.

The announcement has further dimmed hope of screening the former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi as earlier speculated.

Amaechi was to be screened on Tuesday, following the failure of the Senate to receive reports on petitions against his nomination as a Minister.

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The finger pointing bothered on misappropriation of public funds while he served as the Rivers State Governor, allegations he had consistently denied.

The Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) had called for suspension of screening and confirmation of ministerial nominees pending when the nomination covers the 36 states of the country “in line with the provisions of the constitution.”

The Enugu branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) urged the Senate not to confirm any nominee with corruption issues hanging on his or her neck.

But the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has appealed to the lawmakers to speedy the process in the interest of Nigerians.

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In a statement, CNPP cautioned against rancorous screening and confirmation, saying it will neither appease nor reassure the good people of Nigeria who are anxiously waiting for the progressive change they voted for.

The statement issued by CNPP’s National Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu, urged the lawmakers to handle the task with a high sense of responsibility and understanding “so as to engender cordial bi-partisan relationship between the executive and the legislature and ensure good governance.”

The Enugu branch of CAN, in a statement by its Secretary, Apostle Joseph Ajujungwa, had urged the lawmakers to disqualify any of the nominees who has advanced in age.

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