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Senate screens other Ministerial Nominees

Senate President Ahmed Lawan continued on Thursday with the Ministerial screening by calling the first nominee to be screened to the podium.

He is Chief Tayo Alasoadura representing Ondo Central Senatorial district of Ondo State.

Senator representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District, Ope Bamidele, however raised a point of order saying that the nominee, Alasoadura should not be exempted from enjoying the privilege of take a bow and go.

Sen Bamidele said members of the public must know that former legislators deserved this privilege.

The next nominee screened was the immediate past Minister of State for works Alhaji Mustafa Baba-Shehuri,

He was not a former legislator, but was asked to take a bow and go after some lawmakers made few remarks about him.

The next nominee was Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, the immediate past deputy governor of Yobe State.

Senate President Ahmed Lawal said that he was a reliable and competent nominee and should be allowed to take a bow and go without being questioned.

The next nominee was the former governor of Ekiti State, Mr Niyi Adebayo.

Some of the lawmakers described Mr Adebayo as competent and reliable.

He was also asked to take a bow and go after reading his biography.

Another nominee was Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi from Kano State.

Senator representing the Delta State central senatorial district, Ovie Omo-Agege asked Major General Magashi what he will do differently if he is assigned to serve in the capacity of Defence Minister.

He was also asked how he will tackle the incessant rate of banditry and insecurity in the country.

In response, Major General Magashi explained that he would ensure that the rules are obeyed, procedures are followed and things are done in an orderly manner.

The next nominee was the former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylva.

He told the House about his exploits as a former governor and that he initiated the amnesty programme.

Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe said Sylva should be made to enjoy the privilege as a former governor and former member of Bayelsa House of Assembly.

He was also asked to take a bow and go.

Another nominee that appeared before the Senate is Ramatu Tijani from Kogi State made a brief presentation about herself, passion for the less privileged and girl child.

She promised to support the cause of women and children if confirmed as a Minister.

The Minority Leader, Abaribe said the Senate remained gender-sensitive and she asked to take bow and go.

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