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Senate suspends recess to screen Buhari’s ministerial list

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THE Nigerian Senate has suspended its annual recess so as to earn more time to screen the President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominees for ministerial posts.

The National Assembly is meant to go on an annual recess on Friday,  July 26 and resume on September 26.

Buhari, after 55 days of his inauguration, has forwarded the list of his nominees to the Senate on Tuesday, two days before they go on break.

Senate President Ahmed Lawan, after reading out the 43 names contained in the list, announced that the screening of the ministers would commence on Wednesday during the plenary session.

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Adeyeye Adedayo, Chairman of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Media and Public Affairs, who spoke to journalists during a press conference after the Tuesday plenary session said the House would sit on Wednesday, Friday and Monday against the usual Tuesdays to Thursdays sitting days. He added that they would sit beyond 2 pm which is the official time a plenary session ends.

“I want to tell you that this is a major sacrifice by the senators,” he said.

Adedayo assured that the screening of the nominees would be thorough. He added that the confirmation will end next week.

After the confirmation next week, he said the lawmakers would go on the two-month break.

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