The Senate on Thursday screened the immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi and four other ministerial nominees.
Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola, Hon. Baba Shehiru Mustapha and James Ocholi were the other nominees screened on Thursday.
The sixth nominee, Prof. Isaac Adewole, would be screened next Tuesday.
Amaechi, who finally appeared at the Senate on Thursday after two previous postponements, was hailed by lawmakers when he entered the Senate chamber.
While fielding questions from Senators, Amaechi insisted that he has never been indicted for corruption by any panel of inquiry.
After he took his exit, the ex-governor also exchanged banters with Senators and his supporters outside the chamber were heard shouting “we don win! we don win!! we don win!!!”
Daramola, who is a nominee from Ondo State, said the major problem facing the nation’s education sector is irregular payment of teachers’ salaries.
According to him, regular payment of salaries will boost teachers’ morale and impact positively on students.