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Senators Disagree on Thorough Screening of Tinubu’s Ministerial Nominees

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Senators Disagree on Thorough Screening of Tinubu's Ministerial Nominees

Ahead of the scheduled screening of 28 ministerial nominees sent by President Bola Tinubu, the Senate is witnessing sharp disagreements among its members over the screening process. The issue at hand is whether the process will be thorough or follow the traditional “take-a-bow-and-go” approach.

Senators Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti Central) and Yemi Adaramodu (APC, Ekiti South), the Senate Majority Leader and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs respectively, have taken a stance in favor of a more rigorous screening process. They argue that the nominees will be subjected to scrutiny based on their experience, character, personality, and background, and that there will be no “take-a-bow-and-go” unless absolutely necessary.

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However, their stance has met opposition from the former Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe (APGA, Abia South), who believes that nothing will change and the screening will be no different from past practices. Another anonymous senator shares Abaribe’s sentiment, pointing out that with the list comprising former governors, senators, and members of the House of Representatives, the screening might end up being a mere formality.

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Senator Adaramodu, in a recent statement, assured the public that the Senate would be thorough in its evaluation of the ministerial nominees. He emphasized the importance of evaluating each nominee’s competence and capability to serve the nation effectively. However, he also defended the tradition of “take-a-bow-and-go,” stating that it is a norm and not a hindrance to accountability.

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The ministerial list presented by President Bola Tinubu includes prominent figures such as Nasir El-Rufai, Nyesom Wike, Abubakar Badaru, Dave Umahi, and Senator Abubakar Kyari, among others. The diversity and stature of the nominees have sparked significant interest among the public and raised expectations for a thorough screening process.

In response to concerns about allegations of graft against some nominees, Senator Adaramodu assured that all the nominees had undergone security checks from the executive. If any red flags are raised, they will be duly investigated.

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Senator Bamidele, speaking at an event to celebrate his 60th birthday, reiterated the Senate’s commitment to a meticulous screening process. He assured Nigerians that the Senate would uphold its mandate and ensure that the nominees selected will deliver on their responsibilities.

As the screening process is set to commence on Monday, the nation eagerly awaits the outcome and hopes for a selection of competent and capable ministers who will serve the country diligently and bring progress to the people.

Source Link: Vanguard

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