Buhari seeks confirmation of nominees into Consumer, Pension, Population Commissions – ORDER PAPER

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OrderPaperToday – President Muhammadu Buhari has sought senate confirmation of nominees into Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), National Pension Commission (PenCom) and National Population Commission (NPC).

Buhari’s proposals are contained in letters read by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, at plenary on Tuesday.

For the FCCPC, the request is in accordance with the provision of Section 6(1)(2) of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Act. 2018.

The nominees are: Barr. Emeka Nwankpa Chairman (South-East), Babatunde lrukera (Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, North Central), Mrs. Yinka Osoba Apata (Executive Commissioner, South-West), Adamu Ahmed Abdullahi (Executive Commissioner, North East).

Others are: AVM Wakili Abdullahi Ahmed (Non-Executive Commissioner, North West), Ayang Francis Eyam (Non-Executive Commissioner, South South), Dr. Ben Nwoye (Non-Executive Commissioner, South East) and Theophilus Oyebiyi (Non-Executive Commissioner, North Central).

For the PenCom, the request is in pursuant to the provision of Section 19(3) Pension Reform Act. 2014.

The appointees are: Dr. Oyindasola Oluremi Oni (North Central, Chairman), Aisha Dahir Umar (North East, Director-General), Hannatu Hanney Musa Musawa (North West, Commissioner), Clement Oyedele Akintola (South West, Commissioner), Ayim Nyerere (South East, Commissioner) and Charles Efe Sylvester Emukowhate (South South Commissioner).

The Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe however opposed the nomination of the Chairman describing it as a constitutional breach.

He cited Section 17 (2) of the enabling act on tenure of office which states that “in the event of a vacancy the president shall appoint a new member from the appropriate zone to complete the tenure of the successor.”

Giving his submission, Abaribe said: “I recall that the tenure of the incumbent was truncated therefore the new letter from the president that has now moved the Chairman of the commission to another zone may not be correct because it is against the law setting up the National Pension Commission.

“Before you send it to the appropriate committee tomorrow, I wish to draw the attention of the committee to it.”

Lawan responded saying, “that is for me to interpret because I interpret the laws here. If there is any petition to that effect it should be sent to the committee.”

Finally, the confirmation of Chairman and Commissioners of National Population Commission is in accordance with the provision of Section 154( 1) of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

The nominees are: Nasir Isa Kwara (Nasarawa Chairman), Commissioners Ali Silas Agara (Nasarawa), Muhammed Dottoji (Sokoto), Gidado Razak Folorunso (Kwara), Ibrahim Mohammed (Bauchi), Hon. Joseph Kwali Shazin (FCT), Ajayi Sunday (Ekiti), Gama Zakar (Jigawa), Aliyu Muhammad (Yobe), Muhammad Muttaka Rini (Zamfara), Bala Banya (Katina) and Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin (Lagos).

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