Se­nate backs am­bas­sado­rial nom­i­nees

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The Se­nate yes­ter­day cleared the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment of al­leged lop­sid­ed­ness in the se­lec­tion of am­bas­sado­rial nom­i­nees.

It had ear­lier sus­pended screen­ing of the 47 ca­reer For­eign Ser­vice of­fi­cers sub­mit­ted by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari as am­bas­sado­rial nom­i­nees as a re­sult of pe­ti­tions from some states, al­leg­ing lop­sid­ed­ness in the se­lec­tion.

The pe­ti­tions were later re­ferred to the For­eign Af­fairs com­mit­tee.

Con­sid­er­ing the re­port of the com­mit­tee read by its Vice Chair­man, Se­na­tor Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna-cen­tral), the se­nate said the nom­i­nees were care­fully se­lected on the ba­sis of fed­eral char­ac­ter, se­nior­ity, gen­der con­sid­er­a­tion, spe­cial­ist rel­e­vance, a min­i­mum of 30 months pe­riod of ser­vice be­fore re­tire­ment and com­pe­tence.

The se­nate noted that the ca­reer for­eign of­fi­cers from Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Ondo, Plateau and other states not fea­tured on the list did not meet the ap­proved cri­te­ria.

It noted that the ex­ec­u­tive was work­ing on the list of non-ca­reer nom­i­nees which will make up for the states not rep­re­sented in the cur­rent list. The se­nate re­solved to pro­ceed with the screen­ing and con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing of the 47 nom­i­nees with dis­patch.

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki

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