I will tell you categorically that Nigerians are not happy, especially with the way the proceedings of the screening have been conducted and I can tell you that it is more of adoption than a screening. – Dino
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Senator Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Dino has affirmed that he won’t be a member of a rubber-stamp National Assembly.
He said, “I want to assure you that I will not be part of a rubber stamp National Assembly or Senate,”
“The screening process has been more of adoption than screening and Nigerians are also unhappy.
“I would continue to speak the truth and ensure that the leadership does what is right.”
“I will tell you categorically that Nigerians are not happy, especially with the way the proceedings of the screening have been conducted and I can tell you that it is more of adoption than a screening.
“I can say that without fear or favour.
“But I want to say that we are talking to ourselves in the Senate and as the days go by, it will get better.
“I am not a presiding officer of the National Assembly, I cannot speak for either of them, but as long as some of us remain there, our voices will be heard and we will always insist on doing the right thing.”
He further said the reason for that style of screening is because the President did not submit the names of his ministers along with their portfolios.
“I do not have powers to nominate Ministers, but the reason why we have this problem is that the President did not yield to the request of some of us from the National Assembly to submit the names of his ministers with their portfolios so we are actually shooting from the dark.
“It would be better if the President was submitting the names of the ministers with their portfolios so that we know their area of competence and we can ask them questions within the jurisdiction where they are going to serve.
“But if a man is going to be a minister of Labour and Productivity and you are asking him questions that have to do with health or law reforms, then automatically, that exercise is beautiful nonsense,” he said.