Senate concludes the screening of 43 ministerial nominees

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The Senate on Tuesday concluded the screening of 43 ministerial nominees after a five-day confirmation hearing exercise with the former Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, being the last to be screened.

Out of the 43 nominees, 22 were asked to ‘take a bow and go’, without any serious questioning from the Senators, while 21 others faced questions bordering on the economy.

The nominees, who enjoyed the privilege of ‘bow and go’ were either former lawmakers or were believed to have been outstanding, in their previous outings.

Out of the 43, female nominees were seven in number.

In his speech, the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan said the upper legislative chamber has exhibited patriotism by accepting to stay back for the exercise instead of proceeding on their annual recess.

He urged the minister-designates to work closely with lawmakers because the oversight functions of the National Assembly was sacrosanct.

According to him, days of turning down invitation to appear before parliamentary committees were over, adding that the 9th Senate would not be frivolous in the discharge of its activities.

Meanwhile, the Upper Chamber has proceeded on leave until September 24.