Senate barks: Summons SGF over ambassadorial nominees

June 22, 2016 12:53 PM

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Following the ambassadorial nominees list submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate summoned Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, to explain the processes by which the list came about.

This decision was taken after Joshua Dariye representing Plateau Central senatorial district raised the issue as a point of order.

In reaction to this, the lawmakers stood up to express their dissatisfaction with the ambassadorial nominees list.

He also complained that his state was not represented in the list which should be corrected.

“I want to observe that Ebonyi state is not represented in that list even though we have career diplomats and a couple of them have been calling to find out why they lopsided them when they were not recognised,” he said.

Oguoji suggested that the Senate invites the minister of external affairs and permanent secretary to explain the modalities used in emerging the nominees.

Foster Ogola representing Bayelsa West senatorial district however expressed his bitterness over the nominees.

He said that it was unfair for a state which produces 30% of oil in the country will be lopsided in the list.

“I remember when we were eulogising about the one year anniversary, i complained that my place was omitted.

“People who suffer from terrorism were omitted. A place that provides 30 percent of the oil, its not fair.

“The federal government is putting undue pressure on people like me because they see us as people that are not doing their work.

“If we are talking on federalism and federal character, we should not see how the president should submit names when some states are not there. Nothing should be done on this list until all the states are reflected,” he said.

Shehu Sanni, the vice-chairman on committee of foreign affairs said the committee had received many complaints on the list questioning the credibility of the list.

Although he said the committee is working on the complaints, he suggested that the Senate screens the nominees already sent in while waiting for a second list or wait for both lists to be out before embarking on the screening.

Senate president Bukola Saraki while making his contribution said “the number of petitions i received this time is more than usual so we can invite the SGF to explain how they came about with the names.”

The matter was referred to Committee on foreign affairs to report in a week.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, June 9, released the list of Ambassadorial nominees which was contained in a letter sent to Saraki.


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