OrderPaperToday – Four more ministerial nominees benefited from the ‘bow and go’ tradition of the Senate which continued with the confirmation hearing today.
They are: Chris Ngige, former Minister of Labour and Employment; Adeniyi Adebayo, former governor of Ekiti State and Deputy National Chairman of the APC; Ambassador Zubairu Dada; and Mohammed Hassan Abdullahi, a former attorney-general of Nasarawa State.
While introducing himself, Ngige aimed a veiled dig at the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying: “I had to leave that my former party when it became rickety,”
He equally commended the 8th Senate for it’s role in giving an increased minimum wage to the country.
The Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe after the introduction said: “Distinguished Senator Ngige should take a bow and go”
It was put to a voice vote and approved.
Ngige took a bow and left.
Similarly, in Adebayo’s screening, Senator Adamu Aliero described the nominee as his “very good friend, colleague and leader,” adding:
“The nominee is the deputy National chairman of the APC. We know him to be one of the best performing governors. Our leader should take a bow and go.”
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan appealed to his colleagues and said: “In the spirit of very collaborative political parties in Nigeria, I will now put the question.”
The chamber unanimously approved that Adebayo exit the red chamber without interrogation.
Ambassador Dada was highly rated by Niger state senators with Mohammed Sani Musa stating that the nominee has done so much for the country.
Musa said: “He (Nominee) was one of those who looked at the income of civil servants and the legislature. I believe if we give him the support, he is going over there, he will be able to support us as much as he can. I will appeal to my colleagues to give him the chance. I think he should take a bow.”
Senator Sabi Abdullahi also informed that Dada’s screening makes it his third appearance before the chamber.
“This chamber found him worthy of flying the flag twice. Within this context, I think this third time, it is not out of place outside of what it is required,” he said.
The Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe objected to the above “endorsement”.
He said “this is a confirmation hearing and not an endorsement hearing” to which Lawan replied: “Your point of order is noted.”
Senator Bima Enagi continued with the “endorsement” saying, “for those of us that have known you, I key into the recommendations from my other colleagues from Niger state. The right thing to be done is for the nominee to bow and go.”
The nominee also exited the chamber.
Finally, during Abdullahi’s screening, former governors and senators from Nasarawa state- Abdullahi Adamu and Tanko Almakura- approved his nomination having served under them as attorney-general.
He was only questioned by Senator Uche Ekwunife who asked what he will do to empower women if made the Minister of Women affairs.
The nominee responded that he will work with the office of the Wife of the President to create policies beneficial for women.