Senate gives conditions for screening ministerial nominees

Posted by News Express | 9 October 2015 | 3,547 times

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The Senate on Thursday reached a consensus that at least two senators from the state of a nominee must endorse each person nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Chairman of the ad hoc committee on Media and Publicity, Dino Melaye explained that the upper legislative chamber has reached the resolution, adding that the Senate will also adopt other constitutional provisions and conventions for screening nominees.

Senator Melaye said that the Senate would also apply Section 147 of the Nigerian constitution, which states that a nominee must also be an indigene of one of the 36 states of the federation, before that person can be screened.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday asked ministerial nominees to report to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, for profiling, ahead of the screening on Tuesday, October 13 by the Senate.

Those who have already filled the forms include Audu Ogbe (Benue), Chris Ngige (Anambra), Udoma Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom) and Abubakar Malami (Kebbi) and Babatunde Fashola (Lagos).

A source explained that the reason for the exercise is for the police to carry out further investigations on the ministerial nominees. (Channels TV)

•Photo shows Sen. Deno Melaye.

Source: News Express

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