IIn order to screen the ministerial nominees from the presidency, the Senate has postponed its annual recess by one week.
It was gathered that the lawmakers would have started their annual recess on Thursday according to the calendar if the President had not sent the ministerial-nominees’ list on Tuesday.
Speaking with journalists on Tuesday, the Chairman, Senate ad hoc committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye pledged that the nominees would be thoroughly screened.
The Senates spokesperson added that the Senate would suspend its rules in order to sit beyond 2 pm every day during the exercise from Monday to Friday until all the nominees had been successfully grilled.
He added that all nominees would be given special privilege because they would all be asked critical questions.
“We have postponed the recess till the end of next week. We are suspending a lot of our rules. Plenary normally does not hold on Fridays, plenary will hold on Friday this week and Monday next week in order to hasten the process.
“We want to do a thorough job and we want Nigerians to know that we are doing a thorough job. It is going to be a lot of sacrifice on our path.
“We are going to work in unusual hours, normally we sit from 10 am to 2 pm, that will not apply during this period of confirmation.
“We are going to sit till very late, virtually every day. On Friday, we will sit till we are tired. We will go on a brief recess and proceed until 10 pm.
“We have given ourselves enough time, we will work in unusual hours.
He also stated that this time around, no nominee will be asked to ‘take-a bow.
“Those who usually will be asked to take a bow, this time round we will try as much as possible to ask them questions so they can explain to the public what they intend to do.
“We want Nigerians to witness the process. Please, I want to seek your indulgence that some have stage fright, not that they are not brilliant. Please try to understand a few of these issues. This Senate is a complete departure from the past. If we are to rush it, the process will not be thorough.”