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Rechargeable lamps to the rescue as power outage disrupts screening of ambassadorial nominees 

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Rechargeable lamps to the rescue as power outage disrupts screening of ambassadorial nominees 

​Power outage disrupted the screening of non-career ambassadorial nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, at the Senate chambers of the National Assembly.

On January 12, Buhari submitted a revised list of ambassadorial nominees to the senate for confirmation.

However, when the committee of foreign affairs sat, to screen the nominees on Tuesday, there was interruption of power supply.

The Senate committee resorted to using rechargeable lamps until power was restored to the chambers.

Speaking earlier, Monsurat Sunmonu, chairperson of the committee, said they would be fair to all in the screening.

She also admonished the ambassadorial nominees to bear 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.”

“The committee expects that your performance during the screening would be commensurate to the task of the assignment you are nominated for,” Sonmonu said.

“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 in accessibility and preferential treatments of our citizens by some Nigerian envoys. And to strongly caution you to desist from such behaviour, if eventually confirmed.”

The screening of the nominees is billed to continue on Wednesday.

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