Senate confirms Obiora as CBN Deputy Governor

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday, January 30; confirmed Kingsley Obiora as a deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

This confirmation for the CBN Deputy Governor; is a sequel to the adoption of the report of the Committee on Banking.

The Chairman of the committee, Sen Uba Sani submitted the report of the committee.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday sent a letter to the Senate; seeking the confirmation of Obiora as the CBN’s deputy governor.

It was thereafter referred to the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions.

Presenting the report; Sani said there is no petition filed against Obiora’s nomination.

He also noted that the nominee has “vast experience in economy and has contributed to the development of the Nigerian economy.”

Based on the committee’s recommendation, the chamber confirmed Obiora.

Meanwhile, in response to the deadly Coronavirus that has killed dozens in China; the Senate asked the Federal Ministry of aviation to take proactive steps on travellers from China and other countries with incidents of the epidemic.

The upper chamber also urged the Federal Government to allocate more funds to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

These resolutions followed a point of order raised by the Chairman; Senate Committee on Primary Health Care and Communicable diseases, Chukwuka Utazi from Enugu state.

According to the resolutions, the funds will be used to buy “the latest and most recent equipment; that there is for research and diagnosis of tropical diseases disrupting human existence; as prevention is always better and cheaper than cure”.

Utazi also said over 170 persons have died and more than 630 are infected.

He said; “health officials fear that the number of infected people will rise rapidly; as hundreds of millions of Chinese people travel within China and abroad during the week-long lunar holiday which began on Sunday.”

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