Senate backs ambassadorial nominees
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