BARRING any last minute hitch, President Muhammadu Buhari’s list of ministerial nominees may be heading to Senate next week.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, disclosed this in Abuja at a plenary session of the upper chamber yesterday.
Senator Lawan gave the indication while responding to some worries expressed by Senator Albert Bassey Akpan representing Akwa Ibom North-East who relied on Order 43 of Senate Standing Rules to raise a matter of urgent importance to address what many call the delay to present list of nominated cabinet members to the legislature.
According to Lawan, President Buhari was working round the clock to lay the much awaited list on the gavel before this week ends.
While raising the point of order,he expressed fears that anymore delay may work more difficulty since the lawmakers will embark on the traditional two months recess in the next two weeks, stressing that the need for federal government to expedite the process of forwarding the list to Senate.
Only this, Akpan explained, will prevent presentation of the ministerial list from being affected by their holiday.
Observers say this may have doused tensions over what appeared to be a division among senators over the delay to present the list of ministers by Buhari. While some legislators in the upper chamber would rather not interfere with the issue, others were smarting to draw the battle line.
Commenting on the controversy, Chairman of Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Media and Public Affairs Committee, Adedayo Adedayo stated that drawing the ministerial list was an exclusive duty of the president.
“That is the prerogative of the executive, we are not going to do their job, I’m not going to say anything about that, the senate cannot generate a list of its own. It is the prerogative of the President to send the list of his nominees to the Senate and when he does that, we will look at and consider it. That is our constitutional mandate but it is not within our power to even advise or anything, so we will wait until the matter is…. I will not say anything more than that,” he said.