Senate Screens El-Rufai, Umahi, Edun, Six Others

The Senate had on Monday screened 14 of the 28-man ministerial nominees forwarded by President Bola Tinubu last Thursday.


L-R: Wale Edun, Stella Okotete, Dave Umahi, and Nasir El-Rufai

 

The Senate on Tuesday resumed screening of the ministerial nominees of President Bola Tinubu.

The second day saw nine appointees take the podium. Those screened included ex-governors Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna) and Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Wale Edun, Uche Nnaji, Stella Okotete, Adebayo Adelabu, Ekperikpe Ekpo, Hannatu Musawa, and Musa Dangiwa.

That leaves five remaining nominees, including presidential spokesman Dele Alake; Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Lateef Fagbemi; Muhammad Idris, Ali Pate, and Doris Uzoka.

The Senate adjourned till Wednesday to screen the others.

 

The Senate on Monday screened 14 of the 28-man list of ministerial nominees forwarded by President Bola Tinubu last Thursday.

Those screened on Monday include former governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike; Abubakar Kyari from Borno State; Nkiruka Onyejeocha (Abia State); Bello Muhammad (Sokoto State); Sani Abubakar Danladi (Taraba State); and Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa State).

Others are Joseph Utsev (Benue State), Olubunmi Tunji Ojo (Ondo State), Betta Edu (Cross River State), Uju Kennedy Ohaneye (Anambra State), Abubakar Momoh (Edo State), John Enoh (Cross River State), Iman Suleiman Ibrahim (Nasarawa State), and Yusuf Maitama Tuggar (Bauchi State).

At Monday’s plenary session, Senate President Godswill Akpabio told ministerial nominees that taking a bow during their appearance before the Senate does not mean that they have been cleared or confirmed for any ministerial role.

“At the end of the day, we will go into the clearance and the confirmation; we will confirm whether the person is qualified or not but bowing before the hallowed chamber is a tradition all over the world,” Akpabio said.


Live updates:

6:42 pm: The Senate adjourns plenary to reconvene on Wednesday by 11 am.

6:23 pm: Hannatu Musawa (Katsina) is the next to mount the podium.

6:16 pm: Ekperikpe Ekpo (Akwa Ibom) takes centre stage.

5:22 pm: Adekola Adebayo Adelabu (Oyo State) enters the red chamber and mounts the podium for his screening.

5:21 pm: Senators conclude the screening of Okotete and she is asked to take a bow.

5:04 pm: Stella Okotete (Delta State) takes the podium for screening.

5:02 pm: Nnaji’s screening is over and he takes a bow.

4:41 pm: Senators reconvene to resume the ministerial screening with Uche Nnaji  (Enugu State) taking the podium.

3:55 pm: Akpabio took a vote for a 30 minute break and majority of the lawmakers agreed to reconvene at 1630.

3:45 pm: Dangiwa was quizzed and asked to take a bow.

3:04 pm: A nominee from Katsina State, Musa Dangiwa, took the floor and introduced himself to the lawmakers.

2:58 pm: Akpabio asked El-Rufai to take a bow. He did so and left the hallowed chamber.

2:57 pm: Akpabio stopped El-Rufai from responding to the petition read against him, saying the job of the Senate is to screen and that there is a different committee to treat petitions.

2:53 pm: El-Rufai said amendment to the Electricity Act 2023 and the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 may be necessary to bring desired changes to the sector.

2:43 pm: Senator Muhammad Sani from Niger East Senatorial District told his colleagues to allow El-Rufai “take a bow and go” like other ex-governors.

2:41 pm: Senator Karimi Sunday from Kogi West Senatorial District raised a “very strong petition” against El-Rufai that bothered on insecurity, unity and national cohesion.

2:39 pm: Senator Ibrahim Khalid from Kaduna North Senatorial District asked that El-Rufai takes his bow without further questioning just as the upper chamber did in the appearances of Wike and Umahi who were also former governors.

2:34 pm: Senator Abdulaziz Yari from Zamfara State asked El-Rufai to share his plan on how to increase Nigeria’s electricity generation and distribution if made the power minister.

2:28 pm: Former Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, shared his resume from the lawmakers. He told them that it is his second time in the hallowed chamber having been screened and confirmed as Federal Capital Territory Minister 20 years ago.

2:24 pm: Edun shared his ideas on how to bring down the debt of the country and how to bring down the skyrocketing foreign exchange rates and Akpabio asked the nominee to take a bow, saying he is “good to go”.

2:00 pm: Senator Ali Ndume asked Edun to take immediate measures to stabilise the economy. He also urged him not to favour one part of the country in the distribution and allocation of resources.

1:55 pm:  He assured the lawmakers that as finance minister or minister of the economy, there will be continue improvement in the fiscal situation of the country at both the federal and the state levels.

1:50 pm: The nominee told the lawmakers that he would computerise the system to cut away waste and debt to achieve fiscal turnaround.

1:40 pm: The lawmakers including the Senate President asked Edun to explain how he would replicate his successes in Lagos where he was a Commissioner for Finance if appointed Minister of Finance.

1:20 pm: The Senate caucus from Ogun State backed Edun as “one of the best” from the state and urged their colleagues to confirm him for a ministerial role in the Tinubu’s government. The three Senators from Ogun State — Solomon Adeola, Gbenga Daniel and Afolabi Salisu — spoke for the state caucus in the Senate.

1:09 pm: Wale Edun makes introductory comment before the Senate.

1:03 pm: Umahi, a serving Senator from Ebonyi State, shared his political profile with his colleagues. The Senate President said there is no one who would claim not to know Umahi and without any objection from the senators, the ex-Ebonyi governor was told to take a bow.