OrderPaperToday – President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has forwarded President Muhammadu Buhari’s list of nominees for the board of the new petroleum agencies to committees for screening.

The nominees are those appointed into the newly established Boards of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NPRA) and Upstream Regulatory Commission (URC) to the Committees on Petroleum (Downstream) and (Upstream), respectively.

Also forwarded were the President’s nominees into the board of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes for screening.

Therefore, the new petroleum agencies board nominees were referred to the relevant committees for legislative action on Wednesday at the beginning of plenary proceedings. This was following the receipt of three separate requests from the President to that effect.

In a letter dated September 16, 2021, President Buhari explained that the request to confirm the Chairman, Chief Executive and Executive Directors for the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority was made according to Section 34(3) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021.

While the nominees for confirmation into the Nigerian Petroleum Regulatory Board are: Idaere Gogo Ogan (Chairman); Engr. Sarki Auwalu (Chief Executive); Abiodun A. Adeniji (Executive Director, Finance and Accounts); and Ogbugo Ukoha (Executive Director, Distributions Systems, Storage and Retail Infrastructure).

Additionally, in a separate letter dated September 16, 2021, President Buhari, while relying on the provision of Section 11(3) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, requested the Senate to confirm the appointment of four nominees. They are the Chairman, Chief Executive and Executive Commissioners to the Board of the Upstream Regulatory Commission.

Thus the nominees for screening and confirmation are Isa Ibrahim Modibo (Chairman); Engr. Gbenga Komolafe (Chief Executive); Hassan Gambo (Executive Commissioner, Finance and Accounts); and Ms Rose Ndong (Executive Commissioner, Exploration and Acreage Management).

Similarly, in a third request contained in a letter dated September 17, 2021, Buhari sought the confirmation of the Secretary and Board members of the EFCC. President Buhari explained that the request for the confirmation of the nominees was following the provision of section 2(1) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004.

Those to be screened by the Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes Committee include George Abbah Ekpungu, Secretary (Cross River); Luqman Muhammed (Edo); Anumba Adaeze (Enugu); Alhaji Kola Raheem Adesina (Kwara); and Alhaji Yahaya Muhammad (Yobe).

Courtesy: Office of the President of the Senate

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