Senate has resolved to summon the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, and the secretary to government of the federation, Babachir Lawal, over complaints of irregularities surrounding the list of ambassadorial nominees.



Senate has resolved to summon the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, and the secretary to government of the federation, Babachir Lawal, over complaints of irregularities surrounding the list of ambassadorial nominees.
At its session Wednesday, the senate also asked its committee on foreign affairs to address the complaints before screening the nominees.
President Muhammadu Buhari, weeks ago, had sent a list of ambassadorial nominees, consisting of 47 names, to the National Assembly, requesting screening and confirmation of the nominees to head various Nigeria’s foreign missions.
But there have been allegations of exclusion of a number of states, like Bayels.
At the Senate session Wednesday, Joshua Dariye (PDP-Plateau) urged the Senate to summon the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Onyeama.
Seconding the motion, Senate Whip, Sola Adeyeye (APC-Osun), said he had been receiving complaints by those who felt shortchanged.
Sonni Ogbuoji (PDP-Ebonyi) alleged that the list comprised Assistant Directors, while “qualified” Directors were shut out.
Also speaking, Foster Ogola (PDP-Bayelsa), complained that some states, including his own Bayelsa State, have no representation on the list.
He suggested the list be returned to the president, requesting that all states be represented.
Shehu Sani (APC-Kaduna) also noted the complaints coming in the wake of the public release of the list.
He said the Senate had the option of screening the nominees while waiting for a second list before screening.

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