The Senate has approved the nomination of 45 non-career ambassadorial nominees while it rejected the nomination of two nominees presented for approval by President Muhammadu Buhari in January.
Based on the report of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 82-year-old Justice Sylvanus Nsofor from Imo State and Mr. Jacob Igbekele Daodu from Ondo State were the two nominees rejected.
The committee, headed by Senator Monsurat Sunmonu (APC Oyo Central), screened the nominees.
Senator Sunmonu, while presenting the report, said Justice Nsofor looked fragile and tired while his responses to the issues raised during screening were either not answered or devoid of details.
Daodu on the other hand, did not respond satisfactorily to issues raised besides alleged negative security report against him by the Department of State Services, DSS.
“During the screening exercise the nominee did not have direct bearing to the issues raised and were not satisfactory to the committee’s expectation.
“Besides, there is an adverse report on the nominee’s suitability for appointment as ambassador,” she said.