Senate confirms NCC nominee rejected by 8th Assembly

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The Senate yesterday confirmed the appointment of Mr. Aliyu Abubakar, as a non-executive commissioner on the board of the National Communications Commission (NCC).

The confirmation is coming three years after Abubakar was rejected for the same position by the Senate.

Abubakar, who hails from Bauchi State, was re-nominated last week by President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation by the Senate.

His nomination was turned down by the Eighth Senate for allegedly listing diploma as his highest educational qualification.

The NCC nominee presented a diploma in Computer Study which the senators said fell short of the requirement of the NCC Act for commissioners of the telecommunications regulator.

Senator Binos Dauda Yaru, representing Adamawa South, raised objection to Abubakar’s nomination.

The senator said he became interested when he discovered that the nominee was nominated to represent his district.

According to him, he decided to find out some information about the nominee.

He said: “I googled his name and what came out was what happened in the Eighth Senate. Since the nominee has not acquired additional qualification since then, so, I now wonder what makes him qualified.

“The Northeast has no representative on the board of the NCC since 2016 that the nominee was not confirmed. Other nominees on the board are eminently qualified. We have a professor, and Masters degree holders among them.

“All my representative possesses is a diploma and I wonder what has changed between 2016 and now.”

Senate President Ahmad Lawan ruled Yaru ruled out of order.

The Senate President said the Senate would be guided by the report of its screening committee.

He added: “We have a report before us from our committee, which did its work on behalf of the Senate. If there was any protest or petition, the committee would have reflected it. So far, we must rely on what the committee’s report recommended.”

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The Senate President said the committee cleared Abubakar for confirmation of his appointment into the board of the NCC.

The Screening Committee Chairman Teslim Folarin (Oyo Central) said President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded names of the nominees for Senate confirmation in accordance with Section 8(1) of the NCC Act.

He said the committee, after scrutinising the resumes of the nominees and carrying out checks on their activities and satisfied that they had no records of indictment, recommended the confirmation of their appointments.

Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South) reminded the Senate that the Southeast representative on the NCC board resigned last year to vie for political office and had not been replaced.

He urged President Buhari to nominate someone from the zone to fill the existing vacancy on the NCC board.

Besides Abubakar, the Senate also confirmed the appointment of the other NCC board nominees, including Uba Maska (Northwest) reappointed as Executive Commissioner; Prof. Millionaire Abowei {Southsouth) as non-executive commissioner and Abdulazeez Mohammed Salman (Northcentral) as non-executive commissioner.

The Senate also confirmed the nomination of Prof Habu Galadima as the substantive Director-General of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).

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