Senators in Nigeria are sharply divided over the screening processes for the 28 ministerial nominees sent to the Senate by President Bola Tinubu. The Senate Majority Leader and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs insist that the screening will be thorough and not a mere “take-a-bow-and-go” affair as seen in the past. On the other hand, former Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, disagrees and believes that the screening will not be different from previous practices.
The ministerial list includes individuals with various backgrounds, including former governors, senators, and members of the House of Representatives. Some senators expect the screening to be more of a “take a bow and go” show due to the nominees’ political backgrounds and previous positions. However, the Senate spokesperson affirms that the screening will be rigorous, focusing on nominees’ experience, character, personality, and background. They assure Nigerians that the 10th Senate will not disappoint in scrutinizing the nominees.
The screening process is an essential step in determining the suitability of the ministerial nominees to serve in the Nigerian government. It will involve questioning the nominees and evaluating their qualifications and capabilities for their respective roles.