Senate gives conditions for screening ministerial nominees
The senate at today’s plenary session resolved that all
ministerial nominees must have the endorsement of 2
senators from their state before they could be granted a
pass during their screening.
Chairman of the Senate ad hoc committee on Media and
Publicity, Dino Melaye who announced the new conditions
today, said the upper legislative arm will also adopt other
constitutional provisions and conventions for screening
He said 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, before that person can be screened.
ministerial nominee fails to get the support of 2 senators
from their state of origin. It appears former River state
governor, Rotimi Amaechi may be having a tough time at
the senate with this new condition as all 3 PDP senators
from his state have expressed their opposition against his
In a related development, some of the minsiterial nominees
have reported to the Nigeria Police Headquarters for
profiling as directed by President Buhari. Those that have
reported so far includes former Lagos state governor
Babatunde Fashola, Audu Ogbe, Chris Ngige, Udoma Udo
Udoma and Abubakar Malami.