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Friday, October 9, 2015

Ministerial screening: Ogbe, Ngige, others storm Force HQTRS for profiling

Following their nomination for ministerial appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari, prominent Nigerians who are yet to be screened by the Senate, Thursday commenced profiling at the Force headquarters with former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Chief Audu Ogbe and the former Anambra State governor, Senator Chris Ngige leading the way.

The electronic profiling of the 21 ministerial nominees so far announced by Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the Police headquarters took many by surprise as such exercises were usually carried out by either the DSS or office of the National Security Adviser.

Vanguard gathered that the first set of the ministerial nominees who arrived in batches was received and led to the ICT profiling Center by the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase at about 12. 15 pm and left at about 12. 35pm.

Other ministerial nominees reportedly arrived the Force headquarters between 1pm to 1. 45 pm and similarly carried out their own finger-printing and profiling at the 7th floor office of the Force Headquarters ICT profiling room.

The profiling of the ministerial nominees, complete with their finger prints and other biometric at Force headquarters, which is the first of its kind since appointment of ministers in the present democratic dispensation, is seen by observers as a way of collecting current data of the ministerial nominees by the federal government to ensure proper records for purposes of accountability in future.

However, some observers wondered why the ministerial nominees who are yet to scale the Senate screening hurdle, should go ahead and commence profiling when many of them were not sure that they will scale the senate screening particularly those with several petitions hanging on their head.

One observer who spoke under condition of anonymity asked; what happens if some of these nominees fail to pass through the screening exercise?

Or does it mean that the federal government is already thinking of appointing these persons irrespective of whether they pass or fail the screening hurdle?

[ Kingsley Omonobi-Abuja, Vanguard]

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