Senate Grills Ministerial Nominee Over Admission with Two Credit Passes in School Certificate Examination

During the ministerial screening at the Senate on Monday, a nominee faced scrutiny over his admission into the university with two credit passes in his school certificate examination. Senator Allwell Onyesoh from Rivers East led the questioning, seeking clarification on how Senator Bello Muhammed secured university admission with secondary school results that included no more than two credits.

In response to the inquiry, Senator Bello Muhammed explained that he intentionally excluded certain certificates from his submission because the constitution stipulates that the qualification to contest elections, including the presidential race, only requires a school certificate.

The exchange raised questions about the nominee’s credentials and led to a thorough interrogation by the Senate. The matter remains under scrutiny as the screening process continues.

“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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *