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Wednesday 13 July 2016

No going back on Ambassadorial Nominees – says FG

Amidst protests by four states over non-repre­sentation in the list of career Ambassadorial Nomi­nees presented to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari for screening, the Sec­retary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal and the For­eign Affairs Minister, Geof­frey Onyeama, have said that the list would not be amend­ed.
Last month, Buhari for­warded the list of 47 ambas­sadorial nominees to the Sen­ate for confirmation, which some senators, state gover­nors and other prominent Nigerians have described as lopsided.
But when Lawal and On­yeama appeared before the Senate on Tuesday, they said that under the prerogative of the President, the list does not need to cover all the 36 states of the federation as it is with ministerial nominees.

The officials spoke when they appeared before the Sen­ate Committee on Foreign Affairs which summoned them over the exclusion of Ondo, Bayelsa, Ebonyi and Plateau states from the list.
In his explanations, the SGF declared that the list was based on certain criteria and not the other way round and that even at that, 32 of the 36 states of the federation were captured, which showed sub­stantial compliance with the federal character principle.
He said part of the crite­ria used in the selection of the nominees apart from their records of service, is the com­patibility value of the nomi­nee in line with the change agenda of the present admin­istration.
Lawal said: “You must un­derstand the mindset of this government, it’s a change government. It is important that whoever is going to be on board in this government, who is going to play one role or the other must be some­body that we will like to call change compatible; he must establish his integrity, qualifi­cation on the job and his abil­ity to deliver on the job.”

He however, along with Onyeama, assured the com­mittee that the four states omitted in the list would be compensated in the non-ca­reer ambassadorial list which the President would soon for­ward to the Senate.

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