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Board Appointments by Jonathan Polarise Senate

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28 June 2013


Fresh nominations by President Goodluck Jonathan into some boards and federal government agencies  Thursday divided the Senate President, Senator David Mark and his colleagues during plenary.

At the confirmation of nominees into the boards, some senators alleged lopsidedness in the appointments, saying it did not reflect the Federal Character principle.

They were angry that some zones were left out in the appointments. While a number of the senators argued that Jonathan flouted Federal
Character principle as spelt out in Section 14 (3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), Mark and few other senators reasoned differently.

According to Mark, appointments into Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) with claims of Federal Character principle cannot be
the ‘’end of it all,” adding that the issue of federal character should not be overstretched.

At the end of the heated debate however, the chamber confirmed four persons as non-executive members of the board of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

They included Muhammad Musa Kafarati (North-east), Collons Chike Chikelube (South-east), Adaba Anthony Adeiza (North-central) and Ayuli Jemide (South-south).

The confirmation followed the recommendation by Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions after the
screening of the nominees.

In the same vein, the Senate confirmed five persons as secretary and members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The appointees were Emmanuel Adegboyega Aremo (Secretary), Micheal Ebong, Uwasomba Udochukwu, Emmanuel Ibitolu and Ismaila Mohammed Dukku. Their confirmation followed the recommendation of the Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics, Financial Crimes and Anti-corruption after the screening of the nominees.

Also thursday, the nominations of Hajia Fatima Kwaku and Olumuyiwa Akinboro were confirmed by the Senate as members of the Federal
Judicial Service Commission (JSC) following a screening exercise by the Senate Committee on Judiciary.

Also  Thursday, acting Director General of the National Pension Commission, Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, said the country’s pension sector was in dire need of reform if agitation for Nigeria’s changing socio-economic realities must be achieved.

She also described the National Assembly as a critical stakeholder in the pension reform process which she said was necessary
for consolidation of the pension scheme as well as sanitisation of the administration of pensions under the Defined Benefits Scheme.

Anohu-Amazu made this remark while submitting a memorandum to the National Assembly at the final day of a joint public hearing on the Pension Reform Bill organised by the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service and House Committee on Pensions.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

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