Ministerial nominees intensify consultations ahead of Tuesday’s screening

As the Senate prepares for screening of ministerial nominees which
will begin on Tuesday next week, the Senior Special Assistant to the
President on National Assembly Matters ( Senate), Ita Enang has
disclosed that nominees have began consultations in earnest with
National Assembly members in order to streamline any possible
grey areas. This, he said was to achieve a smooth exercise.
Speaking at a press briefing today in Abuja, Enang noted that
nominees know that Senators from their respective States were
their first line of Defence irrespective of party differences, hence
there have been ongoing consultations regarding the screening
exercise.
“Now there are intense consultations ongoing between nominees
and Senators representing their various States and those from
their zones irrespective of party differences,” he said.
He added that nominees appreciate them as principal sponsors of
their nomination. He believed that, they would use the rest period
before Tuesday to iron out issues.
Enang submitted that the quality of nominees by President Buhari
was a true reflection of a party which meant well for the country
by doing things differently.
“I am sure you have realized that Mr. President has nominated
Nigerians of high calibre and I think it is a true reflection that he
wants the best for the country by doing things differently,” Enang
added.
While responding to the introduction of asset declaration as a
criterion for the screening, he maintained that such was within the
Senate’s space of authority in order to get the best, hence it is not
out of place.
“The Senate can demand for it and looking at their powers, it was
not out of place to demand for asset declaration. I mean they are
only doing their job with all sincerity,” he concluded.

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