Day 2: Senate Screens More Ministerial Nominees

SAN FRANCISCO, July 25, (THEWILL) – The Senate has begun the second day of the screening exercise for the ministerial nominees, with Tayo Alasodura, a former Senator representing Ondo Central standing at the podium ready to answer questions.

However, before he started Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti State) raised a point of order, reacting to media reports on the “Bow and Go” tradition.

The policy of “bow and go” which the Upper Chamber adopted as privilege to former Senators, members of the House of Representatives and members of State House of Assembly, almost threw spanner to the works on Wednesday.

Uproar practically erupted in the chamber over the application of the “bow and go” policy but for the tact handling of the ensuing rumbling by senators in the chamber.

Although the chamber resolved to ask former members of parliament in the list of nominees to take a “bow and go”, extending the privilege to members of the State House of Assembly did not go down well with some senators.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Wednesday said that the screening will continue today with the consideration of the nomination of about ten nominees.

Nominees to be screened are Timipre Sylva, Otunba Adebayo, Bashir Magashi and Ramatu Tijani.

Others are Mohammed Abdullahi, Tayo Alasoadura, Sunday Dare, and Mustapha Shehuri.

Meanwhile, the Senate asked ministerial nominee, Sharon Ikeazor, to take a bow shortly after she gave a little biography of herself during her ministerial screening.

She was the tenth nominee to be screened by the lawmakers on Wednesday. She had given a brief background about her role as a women leader in the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

Ms Ikeazor, who was an Executive Secretary in Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), told the Senate that she had taken interest in the training and development of women in politics.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, thereafter said the lawmakers were obviously impressed by her background, determination, and commitment.

“I want to make a comment and in the spirit of that sensitivity, urge our colleagues to allow her to take a bow,” he said.