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Senate Confirms Members For Federal Character, Civil Service Commissions

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(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Senate has confirmed 37 nominees out of 38 presented by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Chairman and members of the Federal Character Commission (FCC).

The Tuesday confirmation is sequel to the presentation of the report of the Committee on Federal Character and Inter -Governmental Affairs, and consideration of the report at the Senate Committee of the Whole.

Nominees confirmed by the upper Legislative Chamber include: Muheeba Dankaka, Chairman; (Kwara).

Also confirmed as members are : Henry Ogbulogo, (Abia); Salihu Bello, (Adamawa); Obonganwan Deborah Daniel Ebonyi, (Akwa-Ibom); Ibeabuchi Uche, (Anambra); Mohammed Tijjani, (Bauchi); Tonye Okio, (Bayelsa); Silas Mfa Macikpah, (Benue); Abba Ali Monguno, (Borno); Nsor Atamgba, (Cross River); and Alims Agoda.

Others are: Tobias Chukuemeka, (Ebonyi); Imuetinyan Festus, (Edo); Sesan Fatoba; Ginika Florence Tor, (Enugu); Hamza Mohammed, (Gombe); Diogu Uche, (Imo); Lawan Ya’u Roni, (Jigawa); Hadiza Usman Muazu, (Kaduna); Mohammed Awwal Na’iya, (Kano); Lawal Garba, (Katsina); Abubakar Atiku Bunu, (Kebbi); Idris Eneye Bello, (Kogi); Are Miftah Bolaji, (Lagos); Nasir Isa Kwarra, (Nasarawa); and Suleiman Barau, (Niger).

Also confirmed were: Abiodun Isiaq Akinlade, (Ogun); Olufemi Omosanya, (Ondo); Adeoye Abdularazaq Olalekan, (Osun); Adeniyi Olowofela, (Oyo); Stephen Jings, (Plateau); Wokocha Augustine, (Rivers); Abdullahi Taminu Tafida, (Sokoto); Alhaji Armaya’u Dauda Abubakar, (Taraba); Jibril Maigari, (Yobe); Sani Garba, (Zamfara); and Adamu Mohammed Sidi-Ali, Federal Capital Territory and others.

Prior to the confirmation, Sen.Abaribe Enyinnaya (PDP Abia) drew the attention of Senate to a memo he submitted to the committee on the need to ensure equity in the appointment of officers of the commission.

He said it was not in the spirit of equity and fairness for two of the nominees for the position of Chairman and Secretary to come from the North.

Abaribe noted that appointments to the two positions had always been rotated between the north and south geopolitical zones of the country.

However, Deputy President of the Senate, Sen.Omo Agege in his response to Abaribe’s position said his remarks were targeted at questioning the authority of President Muhammadu to make appointments.

He explained that the Senate should not be worried over the issue as tenure of the current secretary of the commission would elapse in no distance time, noting that vacancy of the position would address the issue in question.

Similarly, Senate also approved the nominations of Dr.Fredrick Ekwem representing Imo and Abia and Dr Jonah Madugu representing Benue, Nasarawa State and Plateau as Commissioners of Federal Civil Commission.


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