Buhari’s ministerial list: Live updates as Senate screens nominees (day 3), The Senate on weekday, July 24, commenced the screening of the forty three ministerial nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari on weekday, July 24, for confirmation.
So far the Senate has screened 24 of the 43 ministerial nominees. 10 of the nominees were screened on Wednesday, July 24, while 14 of them were screened on Thursday, July 25. Some of the nominees the Senate screened on Thursday, July 25, were Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo), Mustapha Shehuri (Borno), Abubakar Aliyu (Yobe), Bashir Magashi (Kano), Ramatu Aliyu (Kogi), and Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa).
nisterial nominee from Kebbi state: Abubakar Malami The immediate past minister for justice and attorney general of the federation Abubakar Malami stands to be screened by the Senate. Addressing the Senate, Malami says he was called to the Nigerian bar in 1992.
He says some achievements were recorded during his time as minister for justice and attorney general of the federation. Malami says cost-effective measures were taken in terms of administration of justice. He says no meaningful success can be achieved without integration, without collaboration and without working together.
Malami says he will work within the confines of the constitution of Nigeria if given the chance to serve Nigeria again as minister. Senator Michael Opeyemi representing Ekiti Central senatorial district of Ekiti state stands to ask Malami how he intends to work closely with the National Assembly. Opeyemi also asked Malami how he would like to be remembered as the attorney general.
The deputy Senate president Ovie Omo-Agege also stands to speak. Omo-Agege ask expresses his interest in the Petroleum Industry Bill. He says he wants to know if Malami will take the bill as a priority. Abubakar Malami appears before the Senate for ministerial screening. Source:
UGC The minority leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, asks Malami to explain why those that have been granted bail have not been released. Responding to one of the questions regarding the PIB, Malami says the bill was rejected by the president because the interest of the host community was comprised.
In his response to Abaribe’s question, the ministerial nominee says those granted bail and yet to be freed were being held in the overall interest of the country. Malami says public interest supersedes individual interest in the signing of bill by the president. Responding to one of Senator Opeyemi’s questions, Malami says he wants to be remembered as being an attorney general that ensures that Nigeria remains one.
He also wants to be remembered as an attorney general that ensures the effectiveness of the judicial system. Senate president Ahmad Lawan asks Malami to take a bow and go.
Ministerial nominee from Katsina state: Hadi Sirika The immediate former minister of state for aviation, Hadi Sirika, appears before the Senate to be screened.
He says 157 projects were embarked upon during his tenure as minister of state for aviation, but not all the projects were completed. The minority leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, asks Sirika to do something about Enugu airport, adding that he should take a bow and go.
Sirika is asked to take a bow without being asked any question as a privilege given to former federal lawmakers. In his remarks, Senate president Ahmad Lawan says there is need for bills to be passed and assented on time.
Ahmad congratulates Sirika for performing well during his time as minister of state for aviation and approves the latter’s ‘take a bow’ privilege. The Senate goes on break and resolve to resume the ministerial screening by 4:00pm.