Amaechi’s Screening Stepped Down As The Nigerian Senate Continues Mind Searching Of Ministers-The screening of former Rivers state governor in the on-going ministerail questioning exercise has been stepped down as the Nigerian Senate on Wednesday morning commenced the exercise.
This is because of the failure of Senator Samuel Anyanwu’s led Ad-hoc Committee on Ethics, Public Petitions and Privileges to submit their report at today’s plenary.
Amaechi’s spokesperson, Ibim Semenitari told TVC News that Rotimi would return to the Senate on Thursday.
Ten nominees lined up in yesterday’s exercise and they all went through the process of answering questions about their competence characyters and future dream for the nation
Those who went through yesterday awaiting the Senate decision and final verdict on their performance are Udoma Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom state), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti state), Audu Ogbeh (Bayelsa state), Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi state), Osagie Ehanire (Edo state), Abdulrahman Dambazau (Kano state), Lai Mohammed (Kwara state), Amina J Mohammed (Gombe state), Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa state) and Ibrahim Jibril (Nasarawa state).
On Wednesday. Governor Fashola was on the hot seat as the first nominee to be on the question time session. Those successful ministerial nominee will form President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet on Wednesday. But there is doubt if the screening will end today as already, a move has been made for the continuation of the screening on Wednesday.
Former governor of Lagos state Babatunde Fashola was the first nominee to be cleared today.as the first nominee to be questioned.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki disclosed this while reading a letter from the presidency.
Ibeto is to be replaced by Abubakar Bawa Bwari as the ministerial nominee from Niger State.
But, with 21 nominee from the first batch and 16 making the second, the screening exercise is billed to take three days.
Day two of the proceedings will witness the remaining 11 ministerial nominees from the first batch, address questions and issues raised at the floor of the Senate.
Prominent names originally expected to be screened today include: Rotimi Amaechi, Aisha Alhassan, Chris Ngige, Hadi Sirika, Babatunde Fashola, Kemi Adeosun, Abubakar Malami, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Solomon Dalong, Ibe Kachikwu.
However, President Muhammadu Buhari has withdrawn the name of immediate past Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Musa Ibeto from the list of nominees to be screened today, according to authoritatively sources.
He has been replaced with a nominee from Batch B, Abubakar Bwari Bawa.