– The Senate on Tuesday screened six more ministerial nominees as a preliminary step towards confirming them as ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Those screened were Prof. Isaac Folorunsho Adewole, current Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan; Hon. Bawa Bwari, former Chief Whip of the House of Representatives; Mr. Godfrey Onyeama, an Intellectual Property Expert from the Diaspora; Zainab Ahmed, Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI); Mansur Dan-Ali, retired military officer from Zamfara State; and Pastor Usani Uguru, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Cross River State.
Prof. Adewole who spent about an hour taking questions from senators on the medical and education sector, in response to a question whether he is pro-life said his training and disposition requires him to save lives of women at the risk of death from pregnancy even if required him to terminate a foetus.
In her remarks, Zainab Ahmed spoke about transparency in the oil and gas sector of the economy, imploring the senate to officially receive future NEITI audit reports since successive governments had shown little interest in them.
Hon. Bwari took just one question from senate president Bukola Saraki before he was asked to take a bow. During his screening, Pastor Uguru drew the ire of senators some of whom kept raising points of order in attempts to thwart his confirmation. He was however cleared at each time by the presiding officer.