September 21, 2017

Senate to begin screening of ambassadorial nominees today

Senate to begin screening of ambassadorial nominees today

The Senate will on Tuesday (today) begin the screening of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees for whom President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking legislative approval.

A notice by the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, which would conduct the screening exercise, was sighted by our correspondent on Monday.  The exercise is expected to be coordinated by the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu; and the Vice-Chairman, Senator Shehu Sani.

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President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on January 12, 2017, announced that Buhari had revised the list of the nominees. The Senate had on November 15, 2016, rejected the first version of the list after receiving over 250 petitions against the nominees.

Due to the controversy in the nominations, the lawmakers had resolved that the first list be sent back to President Buhari “for resubmission and re-jigging.” The Senate took the decision based on the recommendation of its  Committee on Foreign Affairs in its report. Read more 

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