Nigerian Senate delays screening of ministers

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By Camillus Eboh

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua’s proposed ministers were due to undergo screening by the Senate on Tuesday, six weeks after Yar’Adua took power, but senators delayed the process which has been mired in confusion.

Nigerian ministries have been in limbo since May 29, when former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his ministers stepped down.

An initial list of 35 proposed new ministers was announced last Thursday, although the portfolios were not specified. Under the constitution, the Senate must approve the nominees before they can take up their posts.

The screening was due to start on Tuesday morning but the senators went into a closed-door session for two hours and then announced the screening was delayed until Wednesday morning.

Senate President David Mark told reporters the senators had discussed the modalities of the screening. He also said they wanted the proceedings broadcast live on television to ensure transparency, and the delay would give time to arrange this…

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One Response to “Nigerian Senate delays screening of ministers”

  1. Dominic says:

    Usually, when you find find competent and energetic people, you do your best to retain them, and you equally try improve the record and expand the talent pool by fishing out other competent people. Y’Adua should have give the electricity portfolio to El Rufai, he health ministry to Mrs Akunyili, and sent Ribadu to reform the police force. Then, he should have done his damnedest best to fish out competent peole for finance, education, commerce and industry, and transportation/infrastructure, at the very least. He should fill these positions with total disregard for political, state or regional or ethnic issues. Once those are filled, he could then start wheeling and dealing cabinet positions nigerian style.

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