The Nigerian Senate has begun the screening of 46 non-career ambassadors nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that President Buhari re-submitted a list of 46 non-career ambassadors to the Senate for confirmation.
However, the chairperson of the Senate committee on foreign affairs Monsurat Sunmonu, on Tuesday, said the screening was line with provisions of Section 171, Sub-section 4 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
She also said the Senate would ensure that the best nominees would be selected.
She said the selected nominees would represent Nigeria in the international space and compete favourable with colleagues from other nations.
“The committee expects that your performance during the screening would be commensurate to the task of the assignment you are nominated for.
“You should equally have it in mind the dynamics of foreign policy and relations between Nation-states that requires timely action on all matters affecting the well-being of Nigerians in all countries of the world.”
She said the committee would carry out a screening by only approving capable hands as ambassadors of Nigeria.
“I assure you of the committee’s determination in the conduct of this assignment to be just and fair to all nominees, without compromising the strict selection process of qualified individuals among you that will represent Nigeria abroad.
“I also wish to use this opportunity to bring to your notice, reported cases of the inaccessibility and preferential treatments of our citizens by some Nigerian Envoys.
“And to strongly caution you to desist from such behaviour, if eventually confirmed.”