Thursday, July 20, 2017

Senate Confirms 8 RECs Nominated By President Muhammadu Buhari

The Nigeria Senate has today, Thursday, July 20th, confirmed the appointment of eight Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).

The confirmation came as a shock to some public commentators as the upper chamber had vowed not to confirm any nominee from the presidency.

The Senate's decision was taken after the presidency insisted on keeping the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, despite his rejection twice by majority of the senators.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, however clarified the Senate's position, explaining that the red chamber would only limit confirmation to the agencies stated in the constitution of which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is included.

The Senate had earlier approved 15 out of the 27 nominees sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Buhari nominated the RECs three months ago. 14 of them were sworn in by INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday, July 7.

All the confirmed nominees were screened by the Police, Code of Conduct Bureau and Department of State Services.

Meanwhile, a bill for an act to amend the National Youth Service Corps Act is currently in the Senate.

The bill which seeks to provide for free and compulsory acquisition of vocational skills by corps members and split it into two parts is sponsored by Senator Stella Oduah.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Y'all read and don't drop comments, how do y'all close those eyes of yours and sleep @night? Lol.. You have a voice, LET IT COUNT, use this platform to air your views.. Don't be a reader only, pls be a contributor, lol. Thanks for visiting, hope to see more of you.. XXX