The much-awaited appointment of ministers which President Muhammadu Buhari promised would be done by September will no longer be feasible as the senate could not conduct the screening of the ministerial list following its late arrival.
Senate President Bukola Saraki this evening admitted that he had received the list of ministerial nominees from the Presidency at 5.00 pm, long after senate adjourned sitting for the day.
The list was presented to him by Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, and Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Saraki made this known on his tweeter handle.
Senate yet to receive Buhari’s ministerial list – Melaye
The Senate is yet to receive the list of ministers from the President even as Nigerians were expecting the list to have been read at plenary on Wednesday. Sen. Dino Melaye, Chairman, Senate Ad hoc Committee on Publicity, who briefed senate correspondents at the end of plenary, said the senate was still waiting for the list.
He promised that the Upper Legislative Chamber would communicate receipt of the list anytime it received it and urged Nigerians to exercise patience. He said: “we are still waiting for the ministerial list from Mr President. I want to advise that there is no need for agitation.
“September expires by 12midnight today. I want to assure Nigerians that as soon as we get hold of this list, we will communicate to Nigerians through the press corps of the National Assembly. “I want to assure Nigerians that we will attend to the ministerial list expeditiously but diligently.
“Due process will be followed but I want to assure that the nominees will be properly screened and only those who meet constitutional and modal requirements will be cleared.’’ Earlier during plenary, the Minority Leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio demanded to know why the list was not read by the Senate President despite expectation that it should have been received.
However, the Deputy Leader of the Senate, Sen. Bala N’Allah said that Nigerians had until 12 mid night before getting agitated. NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had promised to send the list of his ministers to the Senate for confirmation before the end of September.
PDP senators kick as Buhari fails to submit list of ministers
PRESIDENT Muhammed Buhari failed to meet up with his earlier promise of submitting list of nominees to the Senate before the end of September. The president had assured that the list containing the nominees into ministerial offices would be submitted to the Red Chamber latest by September 30,for onward screening and possible confirmation.
But the Senate President, Bukola Saraki,who announces correspondences from the president at the beginning of plenary,before the consideration of any other items in the day’s business, could not announce any letter from the President during Tuesday’s session, indicating that there was no such list at his disposal.
The development prompted the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP senators, through the Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, to seek clarification. Akpabio, PDP, Akwa Ibom North West, raised a point of order, under matter of urgent importance, to find out why the Senate President had not announced the president’s letter containing ministerial nominees.
Akpabio, who noted that the nation’s newspapers in the last couple of weeks, have been awash with stories of ministerial appointments by the president, asked the Senate President why he received the list from President Buhari and was hiding it from his colleagues.
As Saraki attempted to answer Akpabio’s question, Deputy Senate Leader, Ibn Bala Na’Allah, APC, Kebbi South, raised another point of order, where he explained that the day was still young, saying since the day’s session ends by 12:30pm, there was still the hope that the president would transmit the list of ministerial nominees to the Upper Chamber before the close of the session.
He also said since the day ends by 12 midnight, there was still hope that the list could come before the time. But the Senate President, who was thrown the question, could not provide answer, as he over-ruled Senator Akpabio, asking that the next item in the day’s agenda be introduced.