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Coalition expresses concerns on lack of inclusivity in ministerial selection, vetting process

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The Alliance for Deepening Democracy (A4DD) has voiced serious concerns regarding the ongoing nomination and appointment of ministers, accusing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of neglecting vital sectors of society in his choice of potential ministers.

The coalition has labeled the confirmation hearings at the Senate as a mockery of a process designed to assess the suitability of the nominees.

In a statement released today, A4DD, a coalition of organizations from diverse sectors working together to strengthen democracy in Nigeria, highlighted that in a society where women constitute approximately half of the population, it is unjust and inequitable that only about 25 percent of the 28 names submitted by the President to the Senate for screening are women.

Additionally, no individuals with disabilities have been included on the list, despite people with disabilities making up approximately 15 percent of the country’s population.

The Alliance firmly stated that President Tinubu’s failure to adhere to even the less demanding government policy outlined in the National Gender Policy, which mandates a minimum of 35 percent representation for women, is unacceptable and indicative of a blatant disregard for the principles of law, fairness, justice, and equity.

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Criticizing the current process of ministerial appointments, the Alliance expressed regret that President Tinubu has overlooked an opportunity to address gender discrimination and inequity in the government’s composition. The coalition called on the President to ensure that a significant percentage, if not the entirety, of the remaining ministerial nominees are women and persons with disabilities.

Moreover, the Alliance raised concerns about the practice of submitting the names of potential ministers to the Senate without specifying the portfolios they would assume. This approach, according to the Alliance, demonstrates a lack of interest from both the President and the Senate in appointing capable individuals to manage various sectors of government.

Chair of the Steering Committee of the Alliance and Executive Director of Media Rights Agenda (MRA), Edetaen Ojo remarked, “We are deeply troubled by this method of appointing ministers, where competence and qualifications appear to be secondary to political affiliations. Without knowing the roles these nominees will take, the Senate cannot effectively assess their suitability for the positions.”

He added, “This practice benefits only a select few while the majority of the country suffers from the mismanagement that results from their incompetence.”

The Alliance criticized the ongoing confirmation hearings in the Senate, where nominees are often allowed to “take a bow” without thorough scrutiny. The coalition asserted that the Senate’s failure to diligently perform its constitutional function of screening nominees denies citizens the opportunity to assess the qualifications and competence of potential ministers.

The Alliance urged both the President and the Senate to urgently reform the process of nominating, vetting, and appointing ministers to rectify these shortcomings before the current exercise concludes.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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