Senate Begins Ministerial Screening
As previously reported by Naija News, the President sent a list of 43 nominations to the lawmakers for screening and confirmation as next level ministers for his second term in office.
Recall the unveiled list has continued to generate reactions from Nigerians on the calibre of people nominated to be appointed as ministers by the President.
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11:15 AM: Senate reads the list of nominees sent in by President Buhari on the floor of the Senate
11:22 AM: Uchechukwu Ogah (Abia State) is first to be screened by the Senators. He is currently addressing the lawmakers. He is answering questions on the nation’s economy, oil and gas sector, Nigeria’s currency and other questions posed by the Senators.
12:24 PM: Ogah is done now and the Senators are currently screening George Akume from Benue State.
A representative of the Benue State Senators has made a request for Akume to take a bow and go in view of his long term service as a past governor and Senator.
The request by the Benue caucus is supported by Senator Danjuma Goje and other Senators.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan conceded to the request and allowed Senator Akume to take a bow and leave.
12:34 PM: Next to mount the stand is former minority leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom State). He is currently addressing the lawmakers.
Akpabio is asked to take a bow and go.
12:55 PM: President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan announces that the lawmakers will attend to one more nominee before proceeding on break. The lawmakers are expected to reconvene after their one hour break.
1:00 PM: The Senate President summons the next nominee from Imo State, Chukuemeka Nwajiuba.
Being a serving lawmaker (a member of the House of Representatives), Nwajiuba is also asked to take a bow and go.
1:20 PM: After screening four nominees, the Senate has proceeded on a break. The lawmakers are expected to resume after one hour to continue the screening of individuals nominated for ministerial positions by President Buhari.
2:30 PM: Senate resumes screening of ministerial nominees.
2:35 PM: Next in line to be screened is a former minister of transport and ex-governor of Rivers State, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi.
After some statements from the Senators, Amaechi is allowed to take a bow and exit the Senate chamber.
3:00 PM: Dr Ogbonanya Onu, from Ebonyi is next. He was the first civilian governor of Abia state and the immediate past Minister of Science and Technology.
4:10 PM: Standing before the Senators for screening is Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora from Lagos State.
He has also been granted the privilege to take a bow and go as a former Senator.
4:15 PM: Next to stand before the Senators for his screening is Olamilekan Adegbite from Ogun state.
4:35 PM: The Senators also screened Adamu Adamu (Bauchi State) who served as Education Minister during Buhari’s first term. Then subsequently, Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra State) who was also asked to take a bow and go because “in this chamber, we are gender sensitive,” says Senate President Lawan.
It’s been a long day for lawmakers in the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly and after screening 10 out of 43 nominees, the Senate adjourned sitting till Thursday, 25th July, 2019.
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