Opeyemi Bamidele/

Senator Opeyemi Bamidele has said the ministerial screening by the Senate underscores unity and patriotism among lawmakers regardless of their political parties.

Concise News reports that the senator representing Ekiti Central said it would amount to a delay in the constitution of the Federal Executive Committee members by President Muhammadu Buhari for the Senate to be slow.

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“In the first term of President Buhari, it took him about five months to constitute his cabinet, but this time he has shown interest in ensuring that his ministers begin work as quickly as possible and this vision should not be thwarted because it will benefit all Nigerians,” he told newsmen.

“Don’t forget that the ministerial nomination is a creation of the constitution. Whoever will be presented must have been scrutinized by security agencies and known to be fit academically, mentally and physically before presented before us by Mr. President.

“Don’t also forget that many of these nominees had held several positions as ministers, ambassadors, governors, senators and state legislators in the past.

“Won’t it be hypocritical for Senate to have earlier found someone worthy of being nominated for such position in the past and now changing gear due to partisanship that such individual is no longer credible to be a minister?

“Senate Chambers is not where people play politics. We think more of national interest and the cooperation and the seamless relationship between the two major parties on this screening exercise confirmed the credibility of the 9th Senate. It has not in any way vitiated the integrity of the chambers because we think more about our nation and not parties.”

Bamidele urged the ministerial nominees to hit the ground running as soon as they are assigned portfolios and inaugurated by President Buhari.