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Ministerial screening: Senate Criteria is in Order – Presidency

Senator Solomon Ita Enang

Presidency has said that ‎conditions laid out on by the Senate upon which ministerial nominees would be screened beginning from Tuesday, are in order.

Presidency noted that the decision fall within the constitutional powers of the senate on screening and approval of ministerial nominees forwarded to it by the President.

Briefing newsmen, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate Wing), Senator Solomon Ita Enang [pictured above ], said the senate is at liberty constitution wise, to set out conditions upon which ministerial nominees forwarded to it by the president would be screened.

“The Senate is the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Senate is free to set its criteria for the screening of the nominees appearing before it”, he said 

He added that on the same template, during screening of any nominee, senators are free to ask any of the nominees, any questions they like, which must be responded to, by the nominee.

His words: “Our job will be to work with the respective senators and work with the respective nominees to make sure that the senators are satisfied and so that they can agree with their nominations.

“We will not dispute with the senate on what it wants because it absolutely lies in the heart and minds of the respective and distinguished senators to determine what to ask.

“We cannot from our own end limit the question that senators can ask a nominee, because the senators are free and the nominees will be free to answer the questions since the senators are within their rights to request what they want”.

The Senate had on Thursday through its spokesman, Senator Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West), 

Enang who said his job is to relate with the senate on matters that proceeds from the president and create a good working relationship between the President, the vice president, all officers of the executive and the leadership of the Senate and the entire National Assembly, expressed happiness that the recent meeting between the leadership of the National Assembly and President Buhari has lowered the temperature of conjectural frictions between them in the minds of Nigerians.

He said: “The gains and resolutions of that meeting are as were stated by the President of the Senate in his briefing of the media after the meeting.

“I am sure that you can begin to feel the political temperature that has descended in the mind and psyche of Nigerians that the relationship between the executive and the legislature which were thought to be on heat has been fully perfectly and effectively restored and the public is now aware.”

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