Senate Rejects Two Non-career Ambassadorial Nominees

Senate Rejects Two Non-career Ambassadorial NomineesThe Senate has rejected two non-career ambassadorial nominees, Justice Sylvanus Nsofor from Imo State, and Daudu Igbekele Jacob from Ondo State.

The Upper Chamber rejected the nominees after considering the report from its Committee on Foreign Affairs which screened the nominees.

In the report presented by the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Monsurat Sumonu, the nominee from Imo State did not satisfactorily answer some questions during the screening exercise.

In the case of the nominee from Ondo State, the Committee stated that Mr Jacob has an adverse security case from the Department of State Services.

Senate Rejects List Of Non-Career Ambassadors

Senate Rejects List Of Non-Career AmbassadorsThe Senate has rejected a list of 46 non-career ambassadors which President Buhari sent to lawmakers for confirmation.

Lawmakers rejected the list because of the myriad of petitions which the Committee on Foreign Affairs received over the nomination of the ambassadors.

The Senate is sending the list back to President Buhari to make amendments and return to the Senate

Meanwhile, the Senate has confirmed 47 career ambassadors which President Buhari sent to the upper chamber for confirmation.

The list also faced its own challenge in June when the screening of 47 nominees at the Senate was put on hold following what the federal lawmakers called irregularities in the nomination process.

Senator Joshua Dariye raised a motion under matters of urgent national importance alleging the non-inclusion of the names of competent persons from his constituent.

Senator Dariye expressed concern that not a single career diplomat from his state was included in the list.

His views were shared by Senators Sola Adeyeye and Fauster Ogolar. They believe that the nomination process was faulty.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, also joined in the condemnation of the nomination process before announcing the decision of the Senate to suspend the screening.

Senate To Commence Screening Of Ambassador-Nominees

Senate, AmbassadorsThe Nigerian Senate has directed its Committee on Foreign Affairs to begin the screening of career ambassadors.

The directive was given on Wednesday during a session at the floor of the upper house of the National Assembly in Abuja.

The lawmakers said they made the resolve even though the committee’s report revealed that officers from Ebonyi, Ondo, Bayelsa and Plateau states failed to meet up with criteria for selection.

The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, which treated not less than 37 petitions disclosed ‎that the Secretary to Government of Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal, had expressed strong will that President Muhammadu Buhari would ensure that each state of the federation was represented in line with the principles of federal character.

Presenting the report, the Vice Chairman of the committee, Senator Shehu Sani, briefed the lawmakers on the late submission of the list of the career nominees.

He attributed the delay to the late appointment of the principal officers and the cabinet ministers, most of which came late 2015.

Senate Suspends Ambassadorial Nominees’ Screening

Senate, Legislature, Aliyu Abdullahi,The screening of 47 ambassadorial nominees at the Nigerian Senate has been put on hold following what the federal lawmakers call irregularities in the nomination process.

The Senate suspended the screening on Wednesday after Senator Joshua Dariye raised a motion under matters of urgent national importance alleging the non-inclusion of the names of competent persons from his constituent.

Senator Dariye expressed concern that not a single career diplomat from his state was included in the list.

His views were shared by Senators Sola Adeyeye and Fauster Ogolar. They believe that the nomination process is faulty.

The Senate after deliberation summoned the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, to appear before its Committee on Foreign Affairs to explain the lopsided nomination and report to the upper legislative chamber in one week.

It is barely two weeks since President Muhammadu Buhari sent the names of some ambassadorial nominees to the Senate for screening and confirmation and since then, lawmakers have been picking holes in the nomination process.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, also joined in the condemnation of the nomination process before announcing the decision of the Senate to suspend the screening.

The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs is expected to meet with Mr Onyema and report to the Senate in one week.

But for now, the screening of the ambassadorial nominees remains on hold.