Ministers: First Candidates Visit DSS, Fraudsters Will Be Dropped

All the 21 ministerial nominees got invitations from the Department of State Security Service (DSS) by Friday, October 9, for ‘security checks’.

TheNation reports Abdulrahman Dambazzau, Amina Mohammed, Audu Ogbeh, Kayode Fayemi, Musa Ibeto, Ogbonnaya Onu, Suleiman Adamu and several other candidates were sighted at the venue of the checks.

The top focus is checking the authenticity of the candidate’s educational background, as President Buhari have reportedly promised to drop those ministerial nominees who present fake certificates.

The Nigeria Police Force might be also inviting all the aspirants to “ensure that they are above board”.

The final step is submission of a report by the DSS that confirms ‘the suitability of the nominees’ to the president and the Senate, an investigation by TheNation reveals. This will allow to drop the nominees with forged credentials even before the screening itself.

It has been learnt that all the candidates were asked to fill in a personal identification form (PIF), which requires the information about their places of birth, education (all levels), work experience and past offices held.

“The security agencies are paying attention to the educational certificates of most of the nominees to avoid a situation where some Nigerians will join issues with these candidates.

“The essence of inviting these nominees is to certify that what they have pleaded is what they have. You will recall that some past leaders of the National Assembly tampered with their age and a few others presented fake certificates. The era of bloated Curriculum Vitae is gone. We do not want any nominee to embarrass the president in the Senate.

“We have had instances in the past where ministers could not even locate their certificates or past records of service,” a top source close to the procedures told the newsman.

The long-awaited ministerial list has been delivered to Bukola Saraki, the Senate president, in the evening of September 30. However, it has been read in the Senate on October 6 only.

#TheList was incomplete and contained only 21 names. These nominees formed the ‘first batch’. However, latest reports indicate the date for releasing the letter with the remaining names is unclear. This process may even last till December.

The screening at the red chamber is schduled for October 13-15.