Senate screens 15 am­bas­sado­rial nom­i­nees

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ismail Mu­dashir

The Senate Com­mit­tee on For­eign Af­fairs yes­ter­day screened 15 am­bas­sado­rial nom­i­nees.

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari had on June 9 for­warded the names of 47 ca­reer for­eign ser­vice of­fi­cers to the senate for screen­ing and con­fir­ma­tion as the coun­try’s en­voys abroad. Those screened yes­ter­day were; Vi­vian Nwu­naku Okeke(Anam­bra), Enoch Pear Duchi(Kaduna), Ibrahim Isah (Niger), Ha­keem Ba­lo­gun(La­gos) Jane Ada Ndem (Benue) Saki­rat Ogun­dero (Oyo), Lil­ian Ijeukwu Onoh(Enugu), Ken­neth Nwachukwu(Imo) and Baba Garba (Kano).

Oth­ers were; Audu Ayinla Kadiri (Kwara), Rabiu Akawu (Kano), Sal­isu Umaru (Adamawa), Janet Omoleegho Olisa(Delta), Has­san Mo­hammed Has­san (Borno), Manaja Tu­lah Isah(Gombe).

Some how­ever had dif­fi­cul­ties recit­ing the National An­them, Pledge and knowl­edge of the cap­i­tal of La­gos State.

Apart from ques­tions on diplomacy and for­eign af­fairs, the sen­a­tors asked the en­voys to re­cite the National An­them, Pledge, a num­ber of states, six geo -po­lit­i­cal zones, names of pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates in the 2015 gen­eral elec­tions and names of the three sen­a­tors from their states.

When the chairman of the Com­mit­tee, Sen­a­tor Mon­surat Sun­monu, asked the nom­i­nee from Anam­bra State, Vi­vian Okeke, to re­cite the National An­them, she omit­ted “One na­tion bound in free­dom” in the last stanza.

Also, when she asked Ibrahim Isah , the nom­i­nee from Niger State to re­cite the National Pledge , in­stead of saying, “To de­fend her unity, and up­hold her hon­our and glory” in 4th and 5th stan­zas, he said, “to de­fend her unity and in­tegrity”

Also, when the nom­i­nee from Benue, Jane Ada Ndem, was asked to name 12 states and their cap­i­tals, she gave the cap­i­tal of La­gos as La­gos, and not Ikeja.

One of the nom­i­nees from Kano, Baba Garba also had is­sues with the recita­tion of the National Pledge.

Sim­i­larly, the nom­i­nee from Delta, Janet Omoleegho Olisa(Delta) when asked about the num­ber of local gov­ern­ments in her home state, Delta, she said, “Hon­estly, I don’t know”.

Re­act­ing, the Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent on National As­sem­bly (Senate), Sen­a­tor Ita Enang, who spoke at end of the ses­sion, said they re­cited the National An­them and Pledge cor­rectly. Sen­a­tor Mon­surat an­nounced that the screen­ing con­tin­ues to­day.

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