OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Thursday resolved that the Nigerian Army followed due process in the appointment of Shuaibu Ibrahim as the new Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Mr. Ibrahim’s appointment was announced via a statement signed by the Army spokesperson, Sagir Musa, on April 26.
The Senate position is coming on the heels of a motion raised by Senator Dino Melaye (PDP, Kogi) on the 30th of April which alleged that the army’s action was an infraction of the NYSC Act CAP L84 LFN 2004, citing section 5 of the act, specifically.
The section states that, a Director-General is to be appointed by the President but according to Melaye, “Chief of Army Staff through signal removed the DG of NYSC and through signal appointed his replacement.”
The matter was referred to the Senate committee on Youths and Sports for investigation.
Presenting the report, the chairman of the committee, Senator Obinna Ogba explained that upon invitation, J.A.T Ochegbu, Army’s Acting Secretary represented the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and made clarifications.
Ochegbu explained that the Army was required to nominate three persons for the position and their recommendation be made to President Muhammadu Buhari through the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali
Their selection was sent to the President via a letter dated February 13, 2019 and the Minister confirmed to the COAS the president’s approval of Mr. Ibrahim in a letter dated 18 April 2019.
He said: “This is the same procedure used in posting previous DGs of NYSC. The committee hereby recommends that due process was followed in the appointment.”
From the above explanation, Senator Ogba informed that the no provision in the NYSC act was violated and the chamber approved the report of the committee.
In his remarks, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki said: “That is why we are here, at all times to ensure that the interest of Nigerians and due process is followed. If there are many more like this, that affects Nigerians, we must play our roles in ensuring that we bring it to attention of us here and we do our own work.”