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Senate Gives Conditions For Screening Ministerial Nominees

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[caption id="attachment_1673" align="alignnone" width="600"]Chairman of the Senate ad hoc committee on Media and Publicity, Dino Melaye[/caption]

The Nigerian senate, at Thursday plenary session, reached a resolution that in addition to other screening criteria, all ministerial nominees must have the endorsement of at least 2 senators from their state of origin, before they could be granted a pass during their screening.

Chairman of the Senate ad hoc committee on Media and Publicity, Dino Melaye announced the new conditions after the closed doors.

The senate spokesperson said the upper legislative arm will also adopt other constitutional provisions for screening nominees.

Melaye who said that the screening would be broadcast live from Tuesday to Thursday next week, promised that it would be a hitch-free exercise.

According to Melaye, 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, as a condition for the screening.

In a related development, following President Muhammadu Buhari’s order, that the nominees report to the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, for profiling, some of the ministerial nominees have acted accordingly.

Those that have reported so far include Audu Ogbe (Benue), Chris Ngige (Anambra), Udoma Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom) and Abubakar Malami (Kebbi) and Babatunde Fashola (Lagos).