Senate on Thursday confirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominee, Aliyu Saidu Abubakaar for non- executive commissioner of Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) who was rejected for failure to produce credible educational certificates under the leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President.
Aliyu was rejected in November, 2016 when Bukola Saraki was the Senate President.
However, confirmation of Aliyu came after consideration of Senator Teslim Folarin Adhoc Panel who screened the nominee.
While presenting the report on Thursday, Folarin said that nominees met all the requirements expected of them.
Spirited efforts by the dissenting Senators to reject the nomination of Aliyu again was halted by Senate President Ahmad Lawan who said the Senate had to rely on its committees.
Abubakar (north-east), was confirmed alongside Millionaire Aboiye (south-south) and Abdulaziz Salman (north-central) as non-executive commissioners.
Speaking on the report, the Minority leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, noted that the position for the south-east on the board of NCC was vacant.
“The nominee and member of the board from south-east ran for governorship of Imo; so, that position is vacant”, he said.He urged the executive to fill the position of the south-east.
Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari had asked the upper legislative chamber to confirm the nominees.
It would be recalled that the eighth Senate Chairman of NCC, Barth Nnaji said that Aliyu lacked the professional and educational disciplines provided in section 7(1) (a-h) of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 which stipulates the qualification of the Commission’s Board.
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