According to reports from Mouthpiece NGR, President Bola Tinubu is set to send a new batch of ministerial nominees to the Senate for screening.
The names are expected to be read at the plenary session either on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. A reliable source within the Senate revealed that the screening of the 28 nominees will be completed today, allowing the next batch to be screened afterward.
On Monday, the Senate screened 14 out of the initial 28 ministerial nominees submitted by the President. On Tuesday, the remaining nine nominees were screened, including prominent figures such as Senator David Umahi (Ebonyi), Olawale Edun (Ogun State), Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna State), and Ahmed Dangiwa (Katsina State). During the screenings, nominees shared their views on various topics, including the nation’s exchange rate, palliative sharing, and the need for reliable electricity.
However, the screening process was not without controversy. The lawmaker representing Kogi West, Senator Sunday Karimi, raised concerns over the former governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, regarding issues of insecurity in Southern Kaduna. Karimi presented a petition against el-Rufai, urging the chamber to consider it during the screening exercise.
In response, the Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau, noted that the screening was an opportunity for nominees to explain and showcase themselves before confirmation and approval.
As the Senate adjourned the screening process until Wednesday, the exercise remains under the spotlight due to the concerns raised about one of the nominees.
The nation awaits further updates on the ministerial screening and the subsequent unveiling of the new set of nominees by Wednesday.
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