- Senate’s spokesman says the house is ready to attend to the list whenever the president sends it.
- Senator not anxious of the ministerial list from president Buhari.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly will begin their eight-week annual recess this month.
With President Muhammadu Buhari yet to submit the list of his ministerial nominees for their consideration, which the lawmaker is not anxious about, the Senate will go on their recess as stated in the constitution.
It was gathered that the red chamber will not delay the commencement of their recess on July 26 as Buhari is yet to constitute his cabinet more than four months after winning the February 23 presidential election.
Speaking with Punch, the lawmakers who spoke on condition of anonymity, lamented Buhari’s administrative style.
A senator from the South-East said proper screening of the ministerial nominees will be ensured, and they won’t be rush into confirming anyone.
“The best time to attend to the list is now, not when we would have a few days left to proceed on recess.”
A female senator who pointed that the President was unnecessarily delaying the list added that nobody expects that Nigerians would wait for four months before he would unveil his proposed cabinet members.
“The best thing is for the President to send the list this week because the legislature has its own calendar.”
On his part Senator Dayo Adeyeye, the Chairman, Senate Ad hoc Committee on Media and Public Affairs said the red chamber would consider the list whenever it was submitted by the President, adding that the 9th Senate would always work in the interest of Nigerians and might not hesitate to break its recess to consider the list if it was submitted during the vacation.
The former PDP publicity pointed that It is the prerogative of the President to choose the time he will submit the list of ministers and it is the duty of the Senate to screen and approve the nominees to appointed.
“If the President submits the list before we proceed on recess later this month, we will give it necessary consideration.
“If on the other hand, he submits it when we are already on recess, it is not unusual to recall senators from a break in the overriding national interest.
“We could break the recess to consider the list whenever it is sent. Whatever it is, we are ready,” he added.