BREAKING: Screening of ministerial nominees’ll be thorough — Senate Leader


The Senate Leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, has assured that the Senate will thoroughly scrutinise the ministerial nominees presented to it by President Bola Tinubu to ascertain their competencies and capabilities to serve Nigeria diligently and in a way that will bring dividends of democracy to the populace.

The All Progressives Congress senator representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District said that the upper chamber under its president, Senator Godswill Akpabio, was desirous and keen about ensuring that those holding pivotal positions under Tinubu’s presidency were those with capacities to deliver.

Bamidele spoke in Ado Ekiti on Saturday at the end of a 24-hour marathon praise and worship programme shortly before a Communion Service at Iyin Ekiti, his hometown, to mark his 60th birthday.

The Senate Leader said, “Nigerians are expecting us to do a thorough screening. But take a bow and go is not an unparliamentary convention, it has become a practice all over the world, that person must be a former member of the parliament who is well known to us. Somebody we have confidence in his ability to give Nigerians qualitative leadership.


“We are going to follow the constitution to ensure that we deliver our mandate to make those who voted for us happy. This will occur at the level of parliament, oversight functions, and the committee level.

“We will partner Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to deliver on his promises to Nigerians. We are determined to ensure that all the three arms of government, particularly the Judiciary are put on a good footing to be able to deliver justice without fear or favour. We are determined to ensure that the right people are brought on board,” he said.

The lawmaker assured Nigerians that the Federal Government would soon roll out social investment programmes to palliate the sufferings of the masses, especially the poorest of the poor in the country in view of the removal of subsidy on fuel.

He said, “The Federal Government will put palliatives in place to help the poorest of the poor. There is also another category of palliatives that will be rolled out for civil servants apart from the promised salary increment that will be done across states and at the federal level.

“The subsidy removal is very significant because the Federal Government will be able to save a lot of money to do infrastructure and make all Nigerians happy. That was the intention of President Tinubu about the removal. He knows what Nigerians are passing through and efforts are underway to cushion the effects of this removal”

Bamidele appreciated God for sparing his life to celebrate his 60th birthday, describing the gesture as uncommon favour, having a retrospect of what he had passed through in his political journeys.