The Senate has said that no ministerial nominee will be required to task a bow, saying that the 9th Senate is a totally different from previous ones.
The Chairman, Senate ad hoc committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, made the statement while addressing journalists on Tuesday and also pledged that the nominees would be thoroughly screened.
“Those who usually will be asked to take a bow, this time round we will try as much as possible to ask them questions so they can explain to the public what they intend to do.
“We want Nigerians to witness the process. Please, I want to seek your indulgence that some have stage fright, not that they are not brilliant. Please try to understand a few of these issues.
“This Senate is a complete departure from the past. If we are to rush it, the process will not be thorough.”
Asked if the ministerial-nominees who performed below expectation would still be confirmed, Adeyeye said the Senate, being an independent institution, had the right to reject any unqualified person on the list.
Adeyeye said, “Absolutely, the Senate is an independent body. The constitution gives us the role to either confirm or reject nominees.”
But on Tuesday, the list generated diverse reactions as the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party said it was full of incompetent and failed men.