OrderPaperToday – Senator Lawrence Ewrudjiakpo (PDP, Bayelsa) has revealed that the Senate will disqualify ministerial nominees that do not present their asset declaration certificate to the red chamber.
Following Hadi Sirika’ screening on Friday, Ewrudjiakpo raised a point of order to lament that many of the screened nominees did not present their certificate of asset declaration.
The Bayelsa Senator in a follow up to his point of order told journalists in a press briefing that nominees who do not forward their asset declaration documents after screening will be disqualified.
According to him, “the constitution requires the President, Vice President, the service chiefs and heads of extra-ministerial departments to declare their assets before they are screened. But I noticed that it was not the trend with this screening and I decided to draw the attention of the Senate President to this fact. A few of them have complied but majority of them have not complied.
“It is a breach of the constitution. If we are fighting corruption, we must be seen to be doing so. We should know what they are worth before coming to office and what they are worth at the end of their tenure.
Ewrudjiakpo added that “we are not witch hunting anybody. Before we go into the confirmation stage, this is just the screening, we will take all the documents and at that point, if the certificates of asset declaration are not there, we will draw the attention of the Senate to disqualify such candidates.”