OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Thursday approved the nomination of Mr. Aliyu Saidu Abubakar as Non-Executive Commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Abubakar’s name was sent to the 8th Senate in 2016 for confirmation by President Muhammadu Buhari but was rejected because he was said not to have a credible educational qualification.
The report presented then by Senator Gilbert Nnaji gave the reasons for the rejection as follow:“Mr. Abubakar’s response to the questions and issues raised by the Committee unveils him as a candidate who is not prepared for the demands of office such as required Commissioners of the NCC.
“Mr. Aliyu Saidu Abubakar could not produce any credible educational certificate for the Committee to verify at the screening. He obviously lacks the professional and educational disciplines provided in Section 7 (1)(a-h) of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003 which stipulates the qualification for the Commission’s Board.”
But when Senator Folarin Teslim (APC, Oyo) presented the report of his committee which screened the nominee, it was recommended that his nomination be approved alongside others.
There were moves to restate Abubakar’s educational disqualification but the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan said: “The committee already worked on behalf of the Senate” adding that the job is thorough.
The following were also approved into NCC: Uba Maska as Executive commissioner (North West) and Millionaire Abowei (South South), Abdulazeez Salman as Non Executive Commissioners (North Central).
Meanwhile, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe asked Buhari to nominate someone for the South East region.
The chamber also confirmed Habu Galadima’s appointment as the substantive Director General, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).