OrderPaperToday – The Senate Committee on Power has dismissed a petition against Dr. Yusuf Ali, a commissioner-nominee for the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), for lack of merit.
Committee Chairman, Senator Gabriel Suswam stated this during the screening of four Commissioner-nominees for NERC on Monday, in Abuja.
While screening Ali, the commissioner-nominee from North Central, who is a Ph.D. holder, Suswam noted that there was a petition on 30-year old.
“The petition says you are not from Kwara State. And so as a Senator from North Central, I am very worried that you are nominated to represent North Central, the people that know you said you are not from North Central.
Qualification wise we should have just asked you to take a bow and go.
“But we are here beyond qualification. The Constitution says regarding conduct, so we now question you a little bit based on qualification.”
In responding, Ali noted that all of his public records in terms of the 2006 Census, confirm his indigeneship of the state.
“Indeed my father is from Osun, Ife South Local Government Area. My family migrated to Kwara in 1983. I and my siblings were all born in Kwara. We have lived there all through our lives.
In 1999, the process to make us indigenes of Kwara commenced and we have the documentation in the file attached. That was granted in 2002.
All my public records in terms of the 2006 Census, my driver’s license, my NIN, my PVC all have my records as an indigene of Kwara State,” he noted.
On the part of Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, Vice Chairman of the Committee, “we are seeing here a document from Ilorin West Local Government, confirmation of Kwara indigene,”
Continuing, Abaribe said “It was dated Sept. 2002. In other words, you didn’t envisage that you were going to face the Senate when this was done.
I don’t think we should waste time over where he comes from, he is from Ilorin West,” the lawmaker submitted.
In his ruling, Suswam said “I don’t know why we have become so conscientious about where someone comes from. What matters is the content you have and how well you can represent this country.
As far as we are concerned, it is a very frivolous petition and we hereby dismiss the petition on the ground of lack of merit.”
Other Commissioner-nominees screened are Chidi Ike (South East), Nathan Shatti (North East) and Dafe Akpeneye (South South).