President Buhari sends new ministerial nominees to Senate for Approval

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent names of two new ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation.

The letter arrived the Senate late Tuesday,the two nominees are from Kogi and Gombe state.

The Kogi nominee will replace the late Minister of State for Labour, Barr. James Ocholi while the nominee from Gombe will replace former Minister for Environment Ms Amina Mohammed who had gone to serve in the United Nations as a deputy Secretary General.

It is not yet known if the Senate will screen the nominees as it stood down consideration of the request of President Buhari for the appointment of Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).

The Senate based its decision on what it termed disregard for its proceedings.

Immediately the motion was moved for the confirmation of the nominees, on Tuesday, the Senators took their turns to lambast what they described as “affront” on them by the executive.

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta North), who led the debate on the motion, accused the executive of looking down on the legislature.

The lawmakers were specifically angered that, the EFCC boss, Magu, was still being allowed by the President to act as Chairman of the anti-graft agency, even when the Senate had long rejected him.

They argued that, the principle of separation of powers was under threat and that there was urgent need to put things in the right perspectives.

The lawmakers vowed not to confirm any of the nominees, until their decision on Magu was duly implemented by the President.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, however, saved the day, when he interceded that the confirmation should rather be stepped down and not total rejection, until the executive would be adequately briefed on the recent workings of the Senate.
With the deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, corroborating Saraki’s stance, the lawmakers, therefore, resolved to step down action on the confirmation for 2 weeks, until the President implements their earlier decision.

Source:Dailypost

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