Nigerian senate begins screening of ambassadorial nominees

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

Nigeria’s Senate committee on Foreign Affairs has begun the screening of 47 Ambassadorial Nominees appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari and sent to the Senate for consideration.

A total of 15 out of the 47 Nominees were screened by the committee on day one of the exercise, and the nominees are career diplomats who will oversee Nigeria’s missions abroad.

It was observed that the nominees made very good submissions in their responses to questions posed by the senators in terms of policy statement.

One of the female nominees, Mrs. Vivian Okeke in her submission on the difficulties facing Nigerian Missions, highlighted the need for improved funding of the various missions to help the country achieve the desired goal of promoting its interests.

Pressed further on her knowledge of foreign economic blue print, the nominee explained that “China got their economic prosperity right because their President as at the time of their recession decided to shut its doors against import from other nations and was busy rebuilding China through domestic policy approach.”

She also stressed that if Nigeria could configure its foreign policies with the interest of benefiting from resources abroad, it would help the situation immensely.

Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senators Ita Enang, while reacting to some of the issues raised from the meeting, applauded the 8 man committee headed by Senator Monsurat Summonu, for their efforts in getting the best out of the nominees.

According to a statement by Senator Ita Enang, the screening exercise had taken off on a sound note. May I state that the nominees were able to respond to questions asked them, and also recited the National Anthem and Pledge when called upon.”

“Let me use this opportunity to appreciate the effort of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Monsurat Sumonu, and members of the committee, for the intellectual and thorough manner in which the exercise is being carried out.”

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, June 9, released the list of Ambassadorial nominees. It was contained in a letter sent to Senate president Bukola Saraki which he revealed on the floor of the Senate during that day’s plenary session.

The screening exercise continues at Room 204 New Senate building, National Assembly complex Abuja.