Following a power outage during the screening of the 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees sent to the Nigerian Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari for legislative approval, the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, on Tuesday, resorted to the use of a lamp.
According to Punch newspaper, the power outage drama played out at the venue of the screening when power supply to the New Building section of the National Assembly Complex went out at 12:13pm when the sixth nominee was before the committee, and it lasted over one hour.
The power cut had affected legislative activities in the building as several committees holding budget defence sessions for ministries, departments and agencies suspended their activities until power was restored at about 1:15pm.
But the Committee on Foreign Affairs continued with the screening exercise, which forced its secretariat to put on a lamp for officials who were taking the minutes of the proceeding.
Cameramen from media organisations, who were not armed with lamps in anticipation of the blackout, were seen using their phones’ torchlight to provide light for their shots.
The nominees included politicians, retired military officers, retired judges, among others.