OrderPaperToday – The Senate has resolved to postpone its annual recess to allow senators screen ministerial nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari today.
The red chamber was scheduled to commence its recess by Thursday.
The Chairman Ad hoc committee on Media and publicity, Adedayo Adeyeye made this known in press briefing on Tuesday.
He said: “We have postponed the recess till next week, end of next week. We are suspending a lot of our rules.”
Adeyeye informed that the chamber will work “in unusual hours” to expedite confirmation of the nominees.
“Plenary normally does not hold on Fridays, plenary will hold on Friday this week and Monday next week in other to hasten the process, we want to do a thorough job and we want Nigerians to know that we are doing a thorough job. It is going to be a lot of sacrifice on our path.
“Normally we sit from 10 to 2.00pm, that will not apply till during this confirmation hearing. We are going to sit till very late, virtually every day. On Friday, we will sit till we are tired. We will go on a brief recess and proceed until 10.00pm,” he said.
According to him, the chamber wants “Nigerians to witness the process.”
Adedayo also informed that the red chamber will reject any nominee if he or she fails to meet necessary requirements.
“The senate is an independent body, the constitution gave us the role to either confirm or reject”, he said.