- The Senate is said to be quizzing the former service chiefs on their capacities to deliver in their new ambassadorial offices
- The screening process commenced at the floor of the Senate on Thursday, February 18
- The exercise will be supervised by Senator Mohammed Bulkachuwa
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Following their recent ambassadorial appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari, the former service chiefs on Thursday, February 18, presented themselves at the floor of the Senate for screening.
Punch reports that the Senate's screening panel, led by Senator Mohammed Bulkachuwa, had a brief closed-door session before beginning the exercise.
Earlier, the House of Representatives had commenced screening for the newly appointed service chiefs. According to Hon. Babajimi Benson, the House would give the service chiefs all the required support to succeed in their assignments, if confirmed.
Benson, chairman of the committee on defence and chairman of the ad-hoc committee screening the service chiefs, said the exercise is backed by law.
Buhari had asked the Nigerian Senate to consider the confirmation of the past service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.
The president in a letter to the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, also requested the confirmation of the appointment of the commissioner, Nigerian Law Reform Commission, the commissioner of the Federal Civil Service Commission among others.
Before this, an ad-hoc committee made up of 20 members was on Wednesday, February 10, set up by the House to screen the new service chiefs following President Buhari's request for their confirmation.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, revealed this as he named Babajimi Benson, the chairman of House committee on defence as the head of the panel.
Legit.ng gathered that Gbajabiamila read a letter addressed to him from the Nigerian leader during the plenary of the lower chamber.
The panel was made of five members each from the committees on defence, army, navy, and airforce.
Gbajabiamila stated that the president in the letter is seeking the confirmation of the appointment in accordance with section 171(1),(2)(c) & sub-section (4) of the 1999 constitution.
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