In a Monday session, the Senate subjected a ministerial nominee to rigorous questioning regarding his admission into the university with only two credit passes in the school certificate examination. Senator Allwell Onyesoh from Rivers East raised concerns about the nominee’s academic credentials during the ministerial screening.
Senator Bello Muhammed, the nominee in question, defended his qualifications, explaining that he chose to exclude certain certificates, as the constitution stipulates that the minimum requirement to contest elections, even for the presidency, is a school certificate.
During the screening, Senator Allwell Onyesoh sought clarification, stating, “I’ve been looking for your school cert. I saw one. You sat for five subjects with two credits.”
The interaction brought the nominee’s qualifications under scrutiny, highlighting the importance of educational credentials in the process of appointing ministers. The Senate’s thorough examination ensures that only eligible and qualified individuals are entrusted with public office responsibilities.
“I don’t know how; I want to imagine that you still have another to bring. If not, I would want you to explain how you got into university with that.”
The ministerial nominee, Muhammed, told the senate that he has other secondary school results that he “all passed” but he did not attach to his CV, explaining: “because we are talking of secondary school certificate.
“I want to remind the distinguished senator which I know he very much knows that with the qualification of secondary school certificate, as enshrined in the constitution, we can stand for an election up to the presidential election.
“So, I didn’t bother you with much certificates. But I know those are the qualifications for that.”
He insisted: I “sat for another examination and I have passed but I don’t want to attach another qualification because.”
Senate President Godswill Akpabio, intervening, stated: “You are saying that you chose what to give to the Senate. You chose the qualification to bring before the Senate because of the constitutional provision that a secondary school certificate is what is required to stand for election.
“You’re not coming to stand for election; you’re coming to be a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. So, which are the other certificates you concealed? Which are the other certificates you did not put in your CV?”
Akpabio added: “So, you don’t choose and pick.”
The Senate President stated that the Senate would allow Muhammed some more time to bring the other certificates “to circulate, but not necessarily appealing again before us.”Thereafter, he was told to come back to the senate with all the results he excluded from his CV, because Nigerians need to know everything about their ministers.