Senate President drops hint on ministerial list

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

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Barring any unforeseen circumstances, President Muhammadu Buhari will send the list of his new ministers for screening by the Senate before this weekend.

That is according to the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan.

Dr. Lawan dropped the hint during plenary on Wednesday while responding to a point of order raised by Senator Albert Bassey Akpan on President Buhari’s delay in sending the ministerial list for screening.

According to him, “The executive arm of government is working hard on the ministerial nominees list to be submitted to the Senate.

“The list may be submitted before the weekend and I want to urge every Senator to be ready to stay for long hours for the screening of the nominees.”

Earlier, while raising the point of order on urgent national importance under Section 42 of the Senate Rules, Senator Akpan had expressed concerns over the delay in submitting the ministerial list by the President.

He reminded his colleagues that they would be going on a long vacation on July 25 and that “if the nominees are not screened before then, it will put pressure on us during the holiday”.