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Senate clears 45, rejects 2 ambassadorial-nominees

Senate clears 45, rejects 2 ambassadorial-nominees

The Senate on Thurs­day at plenary reject­ed the nomination of two out of 47 non-career ambassadorial nominees presented to it for approval by President Muhammadu Buhari in January, this year.
The affected nominees, who were rejected, based on the report of the Com­mittee on Foreign Affairs are 82-year-old Justice Sylvanus Nsofor from Imo State and Mr. Jacob Ig­bekele Daodu from Ondo State, respectively.
The Chairman of the Committee, Sen Monsurat Sunmonu (APC Oyo Cen­tral), which screened the nominees, presented its re­port at the plenary and ad­opted by the lawmakers.
Sunmonu, had while pre­senting the report, said Jus­tice Nsofor looked frail and tired while his responses to the issues raised during screening were either not answered or devoid of de­tails and mostly satirical.
She added that Daodu didn’t in any way respond to issues raised at the screen­ing with satisfactory an­swers aside alleged negative security report against him by the Department of State Services, DSS.
“During the screening ex­ercise, the nominee did not have direct bearing to the is­sues raised and were not sat­isfactory to the committee’s expectation. Besides, there is an adverse report on the nominee’s suitability for ap­pointment as ambassador”, the Committee Chairman stated.

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