The Department of State Services (DSS) has reportedly cleared 21 ministerial nominees as President Muhammadu Buhari is set to transmit their names to the National Assembly for screening.
Daily Trust reports that security and presidency sources confirmed the clearance of 21 ministerial nominees.
A security source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the vetting is being done discreetly so as not to politicse the process that involves nominees from different states.
The source said that while the DSS has officially communicated the clearance of 14 nominees, the rest have not been done.
The source said: “The screening has been going on since about four weeks ago. Based on what I know, there were no issues with most of the nominees invited by the DSS. I know that 21 of them have been cleared so far. Out of that number, 14 have their clearance communications with the presidency.
“But the official communication for seven of them has not reached the presidency yet, although they have been cleared. If you add the two together, that gives you 21 nominees that have been cleared so far.
“They’re still working on some of the names of the nominees from the states. The final list of all the nominees should be ready this week. But I doubt if the Senate will get it this week. It may have to be next week or in the next two weeks.”
The source said the DSS carried out background checks on the nominees and in some cases requested candidates to submit CVs.
“Sometimes we even send our officers to listed schools and work places to confirm the veracity of the details contained in the CV. Often institutions and organisations receive written requests from the Service with enquiries about candidates being vetted.”
It was gathered that weeks ago some of the nominees were individually invited to the headquarters of the DSS for an interview, for face to face verification or clarifications.
Meanwhile, a recent media report indicates that President Buhari may submit his cabinet list to the Senate, this week, as senators resume sitting on Tuesday, July 2.
According to the report, some immediate past ministers are set for a return to the Federal Executive Council.
Presidency sources quoted in the report said a number of former cabinet members would make the list. The cabinet list, according to one of the source, will reach the Senate, barely one month after President Buhari’s inauguration; to give senators ample time to screen the nominees before they commence on summer break on Friday, July 26.