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Buhari asks Senate to confirm 42 ambassadorial nominees

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, May 12; requested the Senate to confirm 42 ambassadorial nominees and four into Nigerian Law Reform Commission and two into Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation.

In letters read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan during plenary; Buhari premised his request on section 171 (2) (1c) and subsection 4 of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended for the nominees of career ambassadors-designate.

Buhari appealed for the screening and subsequent confirmation of Professor Jumai Audias the Chairman of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission.

The president also sought for the screening and confirmation of Hon. Ebele Bernard Chima as Commissioner representing the South East; Barr. Bassey Dan Abia as Commissioner to represent the South-South; and Hon. Mohammed Ibraheem as Commissioner for South-West.

The letter from the President requesting the confirmation of the nominees reads: “In compliance with the provision of section 2(2) of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Act No. 7 of 199, I wrote to forward to the Senate for confirmation the under-listed (4)names of nominees as Chairman and full-time members of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission.”

Also yesterday, the Senate received a request from President Buhari for the confirmation of Diana Okonta (South-South); and Ya’ana Talib Yaro (North-East) as Non-Executive Directors of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

According to President Buhari, the appointment of the nominees was done “in compliance with the provision of section 5(2)(4) of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation Act” to fill existing vacancies.

Meanwhile, the Senate gave the letters accelerated hearing as the Senate Standing Orders as Amended was set aside to give room for the quick response; following the outbreak of the Coronavirus COVID-19 that is at the moment, ravaging the world.

The Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, APC, Kebbi moved a motion relying on order 1(b) of the Senate Standing rules for the upper chamber to expedite action on the President’s request for the confirmation of the NDIC nominees.

Lawan in his ruling underscored the need for the upper chamber to “fast-track the process” to enable committees to screen the nominees.

He, thereafter, referred the confirmation request of the Nigeria Law Reform Commission to the Senator Opeyemi Bamidele; All Progressives Congress, APC, Ekiti Central-led Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters.

Also, the President of the Senate referred the NDIC nominees to the Senator Uba Sani; All Progressives Congress, APC, Kaduna Central led Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance, and Financial Institutions.

The Committees were given two weeks to carry out the screening exercise and report back at Plenary.

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