Bayelsa, Taraba, others lack qualified nominees for career ambassadors – Senate

Bayelsa, Taraba, others lack qualified nominees for career ambassadors – Senate
July 20 22:16 2016

The Senate on Wednesday
resolved to begin consideration
and screening of 47
ambassadorial nominees sent by
President Muhammadu Buhari for
approval.
This followed the adoption of the
recommendations of the
Committee on Foreign Affairs
mandated to investigate the 37
petitions forwarded to the Senate
 on alleged lop-sidedness in the
nomination.
The Chairman of the committee, 
Shehu Sani, said that from the
committee’s investigation , due
process was followed in
appointing the nominees.

He said the Secretary to the
Government of the Federation,
Babachir Lawal, informed the
committee that states without
nominees had no qualified
persons for appointment as career
ambassadors based on set
guidelines.
He said most senior officers from
the states affected either did not
meet the required minimum of 30
months to their retirement or fell
short of other criteria.
However, the lawmaker said
Lawal gave the assurance that President
Buhari would address the seeming
lop-sidedness with the
appointment of non-career
ambassadors.

The committee recommended that
the Senate proceed with the
screening, while urging the
federal government to quickly
submit the list of non-career
ambassadors.
It also urged the federal
government to sustain the
tradition of submitting the list of
non-career ambassadors
alongside that of career
ambassadors.
The Senate, thereafter, adopted the
recommendations of the committee through a
voice vote and resolved to commence
screening of the nominees as soon as possible.
President Buhari had sent the list of 47 career
ambassadors to the senate for approval on
June 9.
However, petitions trailed the nominations
over alleged disregard for federal character
principle and non-representation of states like
Bayelsa, Benue, Kogi, Ondo, Plateau and
Taraba among others.

(NAN)