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Senate Sets New Record, Approves 23 Ministerial Nominees Without Questioning

Posted by on July 31st, 2019


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The Senate presided over by Ahmad Lawan has confirmed the 43 ministerial nominees appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, only 20 were actually grilled while 23 were confirmed without being asked a single question.
This is a new record in modern Nigerian history.
The 23 nominees, who were not questioned include Chris Ngige, Hadi Sirika, Muhammad Bello, Gbemisola Saraki, Pauline Tallen, Sharon Ikeazor, Lai Mohammed, Rotimi Amaechi, Timipre Sylva, Zainab Ahmed, Godswill Akpabio, Sa’adiya Umar Farouk and Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo.
Others include Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, George Akume, Olorunnimbe Mamora, Tayo Alasoadura, Maryam Katagum, Abubakar Aliyu, Mustapha Shehuri, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, Emeka Nwajiuba and Maigari Dingyadi.
The PUNCH reports that the Senate tradition is that former federal lawmakers be exempted from questioning.
Based on that tradition, only eight nominees ought to enjoy such a privilege and they include Ngige, Mamora, Sirika, Alasoadura, Akume, Nwajuiba, Saraki and Akpabio.
The Senate President, however, extended the privilege of ‘bow and go’ to former state lawmakers, women and ‘special’ nominees.

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