The names would either be announced on Tuesday night or very early on Wednesday morning, according to a highly trustworthy source in the Senate.
The insider confidentially informed our reporter that today’s plenary would read the names of the new group of ministerial nominees.
The congressman further stated that the 28 nominees’ screening will be completed today, allowing for the screening of the next group.
“The fresh slate of nominees will be announced by Wednesday, and we’ll finish screening them by Monday.
We want to finish the screening before we break for a break. The member stated, “We wouldn’t want a situation where we would go on break and then start summoning MPs back to come for screening.
Out of the 28 ministerial nominations the President had previously presented, 14 had already been vetted by the Senate on Monday.
Nine of the 14 remaining candidates were evaluated on Tuesday. Those screened on Tuesday were Senator David Umahi (Ebonyi), Olawale Edun (Ogun State), Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna State), Ahmed Dangiwa(Katsina State), Uche Nnaji (Enugu State), Stella Okotete (Delta State), Adebayo Adelabu (Oyo State), Ekperikpe Ekpo (CrossRiver State) and Hannatu Musawa(Katsina State).
Edun, a financial expert, provided opinions on the country’s exchange rate during his screening.
According to Edun, Nigeria may duplicate India’s success in palliative sharing through the acquisition of biometric data.
Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Adelabu criticized the Federal Government’s economic management ministries for failing to monitor and oversee the CBN’s operations.
“The President’s vision is that we’ll have no power outages in this country within seven years,” El Rufai stated during his screening.
“The president is saddened by the fact that nations like Benin Republic, Niger, and Cameroon, our neighbors, have consistent electricity yet with all of our resources, capabilities, and the caliber of people we have as a country, we are unable to provide electricity to our households and businesses,” he continued.
Earlier, during the ministerial screening, Senator Sunday Karimi, the representative for Kogi West, moved against El-Rufai.
Karimi, following El-Rufai’s speeches, stepped up and told the chamber that he had a petition prepared against the former governor regarding the issue of insecurity in Southern Kaduna.
He continued, “Your performance in any office you find yourself in the country has been outstanding. In the Bureau of Public Enterprises, your record is there, in FCT as a minister, your record is there, and as two-time governor of Kaduna state, you did well.”
Karimi continued by holding out a brown package and said, “But, I have a very serious petition against you that touches on the security, cohesion, and cohesiveness of the Nigerian country.
“And I believe that this screening process needs to take the petition into account.”
Karimi then went on to present the petition to Deputy Senate President Jibrin Barau, who was overseeing the screening process at the time.
Barau said, “I don’t know if you followed the normal process, but this is the opportunity for nominees to explain and showcase themselves, and later we will come to confirmation and approval.”
El-Rufai received praise from other senators, who noted that the former governor was capable of serving as a minister.