Ministerial Screening: How Buhari Made Life Hard For NASS- Dino Melaye

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Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and his deputy, Ovie Omo-Agege, visit President Muhammadu Buhari (image courtesy State House)

Senator Dino Melaye has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s non-submission of names of nominees for ministerial posts with their portfolios has made screening hard.

Concise News had reported that Buhari last week submitted a 43-person ministerial list to the National Assembly with the screening taking place.

However, Dino Melaye has faulted Buhari’s non-submission of the portfolios of the nominees.

Acccording to him, the process would have been easier for the lawmakers if their portfolios were added.

“On social media, I definitely know that Nigerians are not happy, especially with the way the proceedings of the screenings have been conducted. I can tell you that it’s more of an adoption than a screening,” he told Channels TV.

“I will not be part of a rubber stamp National Assembly or Senate as the case may be.

“The reason we have these problems is because the President did not yield to the request of some of us from the National Assembly to submit the names of his Ministers with their portfolios. So we are actually shooting from the dark.

“It will be better if the President is submitting the names of his Ministers with portfolios so that we know their area of competence and we can ask them questions within the jurisdiction where they are going to serve.

“I will advise that we should screen these Ministers in committees so that this will not delay other activities of plenary.”


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Egobiambu Emmanuel is a Mass Communication graduate from the University of Benin. He is a media enthusiast, loves reading and writing, and has a special interest in personal development. Emmanuel is a reporter with Concise News.


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