Senate Expecting Submission Of Ministerial List
Spokesperson for the Senate, who is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Adedayo Adeyeye, made the submission in reaction to the apprehension from various quarters over the perceived delay in the submission of the ministerial list to the National Assembly for consideration and approval.
While addressing newsmen after Thursday’s plenary in Abuja, Adeyeye noted that the Senate is not constitutionally empowered to generate the ministerial list, adding that no list has yet been transmitted to the lawmakers by President Buhari.
He said: “We cannot keep the list, if the list is transmitted to the President of the Senate, it will be read immediately. We are too eager like I have told you, we want to hit the ground running.
“This is an activity that is not within our control and there is nothing we can do about it. Like I said here two or three days ago, this matter is not within the control of the Senate.
“We cannot generate the list on our own. The constitution does not permit us to do that. The constitution has assigned responsibility to various part of government and it is the prerogative of the executive to nominate ministers which will then be confirmed by the Senate.
“Until that duty is undertaken by the executive there is nothing we can do about that. Whether we are hopeful or not is neither here nor there.”
Naija News recalls President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, expressed optimism that the ministerial list will be transmitted to the Senate before the end of this week.
He stated this on Wednesday while responding to a Point of Order raised by Senator Albert Bassey Akpan (PDP, Akwa Ibom North East) who expressed worries over the delay in the presentation of the list by the Executive to the Legislative arm.