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Published On: Thu, Feb 6th, 2020

Senate confirms NASC, NCC nominees

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By Musa Adamu and Ikechukwu Okaforadi

Senate Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi from Yobe State as the chairman of the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) and 11 others as members of the commission.
It also approved the appointments of Adeola Akande from the South West and Uche Onwude from the South East as the chairman and member of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
The NASC nominees were confirmed after the presentation and consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service, chaired by Senator Ibrahim Shekarau (APC Kano Central) during plenary.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, had recently read a request from President Muhammadu Buhari requesting the confirmation of appointment of the chairman and members of the NASC.
Other appointees of the commission are Babagana Modu from Borno State, Senator Abubakar Tutare (Taraba), Hakeem Akamo (Lagos), Tunrayo Akintomide (Ondo), Atanomeyorwi Francis (Delta) and Bassey Etuk from Akwa Ibom State.
The rest are Hon. Bailyaminu Yusuf Shinkafi from Zamfara State, Sani Saidu Kazaure (Jigawa), Senator Julius Ucha (Ebonyi), Auwalu Aliyu Ohindase (Kogi) and Muazu Is’haq from Nasarawa State as members respectively.
The nominee from Imo State, Nnamdi Anyachie, was however rejected by the Senate for refusing to appear before the committee during the screening exercise.
Presenting the committee report, the chairman urged Senate to approve the appointment of the nominees in accordance with the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) Act as amended 2010.
Shekarau explained that they were all qualified to be appointed as the chairman and members of the commission, having proved their mettle in public service during screening by the committee.
Their appointments were unanimously approved by majority of the senators when the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, put it to voice votes.
In his remarks, Lawan commended the committee for a job well-done and charged the appointees to swing into action immediately once they receive their appointments’ letters.
He said that the absence of the commission for a long time is affecting the activities of the National Assembly.
Similarly, the confirmation of appointments of the NCC nominees was sequel to the presentation and consideration of the report by the Committee on Communications, which was done by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos).

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