LONG-AWAITED MINISTERIAL LIST: ‘WE ARE HELPLESS’ – SENATE

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As anxieties continue over President Buhari’s prolonged delay in submitting a list f nominated ministers to the Senate for consideration and approval, the Senate has expressed its helplessness over the issue.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, who spoke on the growing anxiety, insisted that the Senate lack the constitutional power to generate the ministerial list.

Briefing reporters in Abuja after Senate’s sitting, the Senate spokesperson noted that while senators were as anxious as other Nigerians to receive the list, they are constitutionally handicapped to do anything about the situation.

“We cannot keep the list, if the list is transmitted to the President of the Senate, it will be read immediately; we are too eager like I have told you we want to hit the ground running.

“This is an activity that is not within our control and there is nothing we can do about it; like I said here two or three days ago, this matter is not within the control of the Senate.

“We cannot generate the list on our own, the constitution does not permit us to do that; the constitution has assigned responsibility to various part of government and it is the prerogative of the executive to nominate ministers which will then be confirmed by the Senate.

“Until that duty is undertaken by the executive there is nothing we can do about that; whether we are hopeful or not is neither here nor there,” said Adeyeye.

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