OrderPaperToday- The Senate has decided against confirming a nominee from President Muhammadu Buhari for appointment as Commissioner of the National Population Commission. The nominee named Abdulmalik Mohammed Danburam, from Kaduna, was not cleared for confirmation due to “discrepancies in his credentials.”

Speaking on the nominee, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Identity Card and National Population Commission, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi (PDP, Kaduna) revealed that the nominee presented questionable certificates before the Committee.

According to Hunkuyi: “There are two issues. One, the nominee attended a secondary school that statutorily lasts for 5 years but he only attended for two years, he conceded that he was there for two years. The second issue is a clear mutilation of his documents but we did not want to conclude that it is forgery, that is why we stood it down.”

The Senate consequently resolved to give the Committee four extra weeks to verify the nominee’s certificates following the intervention of the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, who pleaded for caution and warned against rejecting the candidate without thorough verification.

Earlier, Senator Sam Egwu moved for the candidate to be rejected to save the Senate time although he was countered by Senator Babba Kaita (APC, Katsina) who felt the accusations against the nominee were frivolous and immersed in personal vendetta.

“Let’s be careful, it is very possible for someone to enter a secondary school and last for two years. I started a school and moved to another and I had to record how many years I stayed in that school, I don’t see any contradiction.

“As long as the certificate has been verified that he attended the school and concluded his studies, there should be no problem. So we should be careful because the allegation, mostly, is that because of the interest of a particular committee member, somebody was not cleared” Kaita said.

Meanwhile, 22 other nominated candidates were confirmed by the Senate for appointment as Commissioners for the NPC.

They include: Nwanne Nwabusi (Abia), Clifford Zirra (Adamawa), Chidi Ezeoke (Anambra), Isa Buratai (Borno), Charles Ogwa (Cross River), Richard Odibo (Delta), Darlington Onuabuchi (Ebonyi), Olusegun Aiyejina (Edo), Ejike Ezeh (Enugu), Abubakar Danburam (Gombe), Uba Nnabue (Imo), and Suleiman Lawal (Kano).

Others are: Jimoh Isah (Kogi), Sa’adu Alanamu (Kwara), Nasir Kwarra (Nasarawa), Aliyu Datti (Niger), Seyi Olusanya (Ogun), Olanadiran Iyantan (Ondo), Mudasiru Hussain (Osun), Cecillia Dapoet (Plateau), Ipalibo Harry (Rivers) and Sale Saany (Taraba).

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Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank. Also, his writing on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.

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