Saraki to un­veil min­is­te­rial list to­day

…Saraki to un­veil names to­day

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili & Is­mail Mu­dashir

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has said that he has not set any timeline for for­ward­ing the sub­se­quent lists of his min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees to the Se­nate.

This is even as the Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki is ex­pected to un­veil the min­is­te­rial list sub­mit­ted by the pres­i­dent last week for screen­ing and con­fir­ma­tion.

Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Pres­i­dent on Media and Pub­lic­ity, Mr Femi Adesina, stated last night that no one could tell when the next list would be sent to the Se­nate.

Buhari had also in his Oc­to­ber 1 In­de­pen­dence An­niver­sary broad­cast promised that sub­se­quent lists of his min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees would be sent to the up­per leg­isla­tive cham­ber in due course.

Speak­ing to

our cor­re­spon­dent on the tele­phone, the pres­i­den­tial spokesman said though there was no time-frame for send­ing sub­se­quent lists to the Se­nate, it would be done very soon.

“There is no time-line on that [the trans­mis­sion of sub­se­quent lists of min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees’ names], but it is go­ing to be very soon,” Adesina said.

The pres­i­den­tial aide par­ried a ques­tion on how many min­is­ters would be in Buhari’s cab­i­net.

“By the time the names of the min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees al­ready sent to the Se­nate are read, and sub­se­quent lists get there, you will know the num­ber of min­is­ters the pres­i­dent will have,” he said.

Adesina also tac­ti­cally de­clined com­ment on how many min­istries the coun­try would have when Pres­i­dent Buhari’s plan to prune down their num­ber takes ef­fect.

“By the time you know the num­ber of min­is­ters, you will then know the num­ber of min­istries,” Adesina sim­ply said.

When the min­is­te­rial list was sub­mit­ted by Chief of staff, Al­haji Abba Kyari and the Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent on Na­tional Assem­bly (Se­nate), Sen­a­tor Ita Enang, Se­nate pres­i­dent had said he would un­wrap the par­cel dur­ing to­day’s sit­ting.

In a tele­phone in­ter­view yesterday, the Chair­man of the Se­nate ad­hoc com­mit­tee on pub­lic­ity, Dino Me­laye con­firmed that the list would be un­veiled to­day.

He also said the mode and time of the screen­ing would be adopted dur­ing to­day’s ple­nary.

“The Se­nate pres­i­dent will in ad­di­tion to open­ing the par­cel, will an­nounce the pro­ce­dure and time for the screen­ing of the nom­i­nees. We have not re­ceived any other list from the Pres­i­dent aside from that of last Wed­nes­day,” he said.

Also, Sen­a­tor Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP, Abia North) said they would be guided by the Con­sti­tu­tion and the rules of the Se­nate in screen­ing the nom­i­nees.

“This time around we have re­solved to be strin­gent, we are go­ing to be sure that who­ever is com­ing as the min­is­ter of the Fed­eral Re­pub­lic of Nige­ria must be some­body that can be re­lied upon and some­body that would have met the con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ments. We will stick to the rules, “he said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, Pres­i­dent Buhari must ap­pear be­fore the Se­nate for screen­ing. Buhari had an­nounced his in­ten­tion to man the Min­istry of Petroleum.

“I don’t think the pres­i­dent’s name will be on the list and I also don’t think that the pres­i­dent will say he is a min­is­ter be­cause if you are a min­is­ter one of the con­di­tions is that you must be sub­jected to screen­ing and ap­proval of the se­nate,” he said.

But the Se­nate Deputy leader, Bala Ibn Na’Al­lah said the laws do not re­quire the Pres­i­dent to ap­pear be­fore the se­nate for screen­ing.

“The laws do not re­quire Mr. Pres­i­dent to ap­pear be­fore us be­cause he al­ready has the man­date of Nige­ri­ans,” he said.

Also, leader of the Se­nate, Ali Ndume said due process would be fol­lowed in the screen­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the se­nate is not go­ing to in­tro­duce any­thing to make it dif­fi­cult for the nom­i­nees but that only due process would be fol­lowed.

Other sen­a­tors con­tacted on the method to be adopted for the screen­ing said, the era of “take a bow and go” is gone.

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