Tuesday, 20 October 2015

LIVE: Nigerian Senate Continues Ministerial Screening

The Senate will today, October 20, undergo another round of ministerial screening as 19 ministerial nominees get ready to answer questions raised on the floor of the House.

Out of the first 21 nominees from ‘batch A’, 18 have been screened, leaving 16 nominees from ‘batch B’, and two from the first list yet to be quizzed.

The 18 confirmed ministers are: Udoma Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom state), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti state), Audu Ogbeh (Benue state), Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi state), Osagie Ehanire (Edo state), Abdulrahman Dambazau (Kano state), Lai Mohammed (Kwara state), Amina J Mohammed (Gombe state), Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa state), Ibrahim Jibril (Nasarawa state), Babatunde Fashola (Lagos state), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu (Delta state), Abubakar Malami (Kebbi state), Chris Ngige (Anambra state), Aisha Jummai Alhassan (Taraba state), Solomon Dalong (Plateau state), Kemi Adeosun (Ogun state), Hadi Sirika (Katsina state).

President Muhammadu Buhari however withdrew the name of immediate past deputy governor of Niger state, Ahmed Musa Ibeto, from the list of nominees.

There is however controversy over whether Amaechi would be screened by the Senate.

12:12: Shittu says: “In my 36 Years of being in Politics, I have served in every sector of the Nigerian Governance Structure.”

12:10: Shittu says: “‘If my nomination is confirm, i’ll do my very best. I will disappoint the Nigerian Senate, the President and the Nigerian people.”

12:08: Senate President Bukola Saraki asks Shittu to introduce himself.

12:07: First to be screened today is Barrister AbdulRaheem Adebayo Shittu (Oyo state).

12:03: The Senate moves to committee of a whole to conduct the ministerial screening.

12:00: The Senate resolves to send a high powered delegation to condole with the family, people and government of Bayelsa state as a minute silence is observe for Late D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha.

11:55: It is not the turn of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and Senator Jonah Jang to speak about Late D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha.

11:47: Dino Melaye, the chairman Senate Adhoc Committee on publicity, has revealed why the Senate will be screening only three senators. He said: “Basically, the reason why we reduce the number of nominees is because we responded to the agitations of Nigerians. We have monitored the reactions of Nigeria of the ministerial screening process and many believe we rushing the process and it’s no longer thorough as they would desire. So by that, we have agreed we should reduce the number to three or four per day, so that Nigerians will appreciate those that are going to be their ministers.”

Senator Dino Melaye speaks on why the Senate will be screening only three senators.

11:45: Senator George Akume takes his turn to list D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha feats as he pays tribute to the former Bayelsa state governor.

11:42: It’s now the turn of Senator George Sekibo to bid farewell to Late D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha.

11:35: Senator Barnabas Gemade lists the achievements of Late D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha.

11:26: The Senate now moves to debate the Motion on the Demise of Former Bayelsa Governor, D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha.

11:22: The other bills include: FCT Water Board (Est. Etc) Bill 2015 (SB. 70) by Senator Phillip Aduda (FCT),  Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Servive Bill 2015 (SB.81) by Senator Sonni Ogbuji (Ebonyi South), Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill 2015 (SB. 89) by Senator David Umaru (Niger East), Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Acts, CAP D3 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2015 (SB. 98) by Senator Dino Melaye, Non Governmental Organizations Regulatory Bill 2015 (SB 111) by Senator Duro Faseyi of Ekiti North Senatorial District, Students’ Financial Aid Scheme (Est. Etc.) Bill 2015 by Senator Isa Hamman Misau of Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Alteration) Bill 2015 (SB. 113) by Senator Rose Oko (Cross River North), Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill 2015 (SB. 116) by Senator Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti south),  Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Acts CAP D3 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2015 (SB 119) by Senator Theodore Orji

11:20: The Senate Leader and the Clerk of the Senate moves ahead for the Presentation of Ten (10) Bills for their respective First Readings. First on the list is the Anti – Criminal Gang Bill 2015 (SB. 39) by Senator Jibrin Barau (Kano North)

11:17: Sen. Athan Achonu presents a petition against the nominee from his state (Imo), Prof. Anthony Anwuka to the Senate.

11:13: Senator Dino Melaye also raises a Point of Order on a Matter of Urgent Public Importance – The Second Abuja Airport Runway. The Senate however moves that the matter be discussed tomorrow.

11:11: But the House moves that the matter should be discussed tomorrow, October 21.

11:10: Senator Oluremi Tinubu raises a Point of Order on a Matter of Urgent Public Importance regarding the State of the Apapa Road/Bridge. She says the matter is affecting the economy of the state. She however urges the Senate to discuss the matter.

11:07: The Order paper shows that the Senate will however screen only three ministerial nominees today. Rotimi Amaechi’s name is excluded from the 3 ministerial nominees the Senate is likely to screen for confirmation today. The three nominees are Adebayo Shittu, Khadija Abba Ibrahim and Claudius Daramola.

11:02: Senate President Bukola Saraki announces that Mr. Nelson has been appointed has the deputy clerk of the Senate

11:00: Senate President Bukola Saraki takes the official prayer.

10:58: The Senate Leadership comes into the Plenary.

10:25: Some of the Ministerial nominees have arrived at the National Assembly and the Senate is set to begin plenary session at 11am