Policy Advocacy and Integrity Network Nigeria is the leader of a coalition of civil society organizations that has urged the Senate to perform due diligence in the final confirmation of ministerial nominees.

    When he accompanied representatives of certain Civil Society Groups to the National Assembly on Saturday in Abuja to protest purported inconsistencies in the credentials of some nominees, Mr. Joe Mesele, the network’s leader, made the call.He added that the network had sworn to preserve the nation’s democracy and good governance, and that the demonstration also served to uphold the integrity of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

    He added that the network had sworn to preserve the nation’s democracy and good governance, and that the demonstration also served to uphold the integrity of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.He claimed that it was in this area that it was discovered that some ministerial nominees needed to provide answers to specific queries.Melese urged Nigerians in general and civil society organizations across the country to speak out against any nominee who they believed to be of dubious character.


    One of these nominees is allegedly from Ondo State and his documents are inconsistent.Although most of the nominees had already been checked, we are not stating that he is the only one with this problem.Before the Senate confirms them and gives them a mandate as ministers, it should take its time; it’s crucial that their honesty is unquestionable.

    Melese stated, “We believe the Senate exercises appropriate diligence in clearing and approving these nominees and any others who may have such issues.
    In order to prevent endangering our democracy, he continued, ministerial nominees with certificate-related concerns must undergo appropriate investigation and be issued a certificate of clean records.

    Before any nominees could join the cabinet, he emphasized that their integrity had to be established. He also said that matters like their credentials and NYSC certificates shouldn’t be a problem.He insisted that while President Bola Tinubu had contributed by proposing the candidates, the Senate’s job as the elected officials of the people was now to thoroughly investigate them.Melese asserts that not all nominees are required to pass screening and suggests that those with dubious morals be disqualified.He argued that doing this was essential to making place for other young Nigerians who were prepared to support Tinubu’s Renewed Hope program and bring democracy benefits to Nigerians.

    CSOs have a responsibility to be active and help President Tinubu and the nation at this time; Nigeria is a collaborative endeavor in which we are all required to participate.Melese emphasized that “any nominee with questionable character must be brought out into the open and possibly dropped.”According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), President Tinubu submitted the initial group of his cabinet nominations to the Senate for confirmation and approval on July 27.Among the nominees are Nyesom Wike, the former governor of Rivers, Abubakar Momoh, Yusuf Tukur, Ahmed Dangiwa, Chief Uche Nnaji of the Hannatu Musawa, Dr. Berta Edu, and Badaru Abubakar.

    Nasiru El-Rufai, a former governor of Kaduna State, as well as Ekperipe Ekpo, Nkiru Onyeojiocha, Olubunmi Ojo, Stella Okotette, Uju Ohaneye, Bello Muhammad, Dele Alake, Lateef Fagbemi, Muhammad Idris, and Olawale Edu are more names.

    source Guardian

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