There is hope that President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list for his second term will be sent to the Senate this week for screening and confirmation.
This hope was given on Wednesday by the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmed Lawan.
He made the assertion in answer to the curiosity of Senator Albert Bassey who represents Akwa Ibom North-East.
His words: “I can imagine that before this week runs out, we could get the list. I want to assure you that once we get the list, every senator here has shown the desire to stay long enough to screen and confirm the nominees in the interest of this country.”
Bassey who expressed worry over the fact that the ministerial list had not been sent even as they would be going on annual recess soon, stressed the need to urge the president to do the needful.
“Based on our own calendar, I think we should be proceeding on our long annual vacation in the next two weeks and I also know that in line with your vision for new Nigeria, you believe that we should return the country to January to December budget fiscal period,” he said.
He added: “If we are going on recess in two weeks and by now we have not received the ministerial nominees, it means we have to put ourselves under intense pressure. I’m just calling the attention of Mr President that there is a need for you to urge Mr President to send the list of ministerial nominee(s).”
It would be recalled that the Presidency had promised that Buhari would send the ministerial list to the National Assembly earlier that the case was during the first term of the president.