Senate summons SGF, minister over skewed ambassadors’ list

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama

• Reps to probe NBC, MTN over sale of bandwidth

The Senate yesterday summoned the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), ‎Babachir David Lawal and the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyema, to appear before it to explain the lopsidedness in the 47 ambassadors list sent to the Upper Chamber by the Presidency.

Adopting a motion sponsored by Senator Joshua Dariye (PDP, Plateau State), the Senate noted that the series of complaints that greeted the nomination were becoming embarrassing.

It stood down the consideration and confirmation of the‎ nominees until it had got satisfactory explanation from the SGF and the Foreign Affairs minister.

The Senate equally directed its Committee on Foreign Affairs to interrogate the SGF and the minister to ensure they supply information on the criteria used in selecting the nominees.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives yesterday indicated plans to investigate the process of digital (broadcast) switch over particularly the harvested bandwidth sold to MTN, and the concession of the Graphic User Interface (GUI) value added services to InView Tech Ltd of United Kingdom.

The decision yesterday came after the chamber adopted a motion brought by Chris Emeka Azubogu (PDP, Anambra) and consequently resolved to ascertain whether the aggregators that were paid billions of naira to supply over 20 million set-up boxes are capable of meeting the deadline.

Azubogu had while presenting the motion noted that for the second time, Nigeria failed to meet the deadline for Digital Switch Over (DSO) from analogue transmission to digital terrestrial transmission.

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