President Buhari writes Senate, seeks Chamber’s confirmation of new Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC). two nominees as Resident Electoral Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and five members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB)
President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded two names to the Senate, seeking its confirmation of Solomon Arase, a retired Inspector General of Police, as the new Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).
Arase if confirmed, will replace the former Chairman of the Commission, Musliu Smith, as a substantive Chairman of the PSC.
The President is also seeking the renewal of appointment for Dr Mahmuda Isah (Kebbi State) and the confirmation of Dr. Mann Omobayi Alli (Ondo State) as Resident Electoral Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
These requests were contained in his letters to the Senate which were read on the floor of the Red Chamber on Tuesday by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan. President Buhari noted in the letter that the appointments are in accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended).
In another letter, Buhari requested the lawmakers to confirm the appointment of five members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
The nominees are Murtala A. Kankia from Katsina to represent (North West); Zephaniah Ishaku Bulus from Nasarawa to represent (North Central) and Farouq Umar from Yobe State to represent (North East). Others are Abdulsalam Taofiq Olawale from Ondo State to represent (South West) and Prof. Juwayriya Badamasiuy from Kogi State to represent (North Central )
President Buhari, therefore, urged the Senate to consider and confirm all the appointments in the usual expeditious manner.
The Senate is however yet to take any legislative action on the letters for the various appointments as senators are eager to suspend plenary to join the campaign train of their various political parties for the forthcoming general elections.
Ojochenemi Onje-James is a research writer and journalist with years of proven footprints in areas of crime and politics. She has a M.Sc in International Relations and Strategic Studies as well as a B.Sc in Mass Communication.