By Daniel Idonor
Abuja – Piqued by the rather indiscriminate award of Nigeriaâ€™s highest honours on people of questionable characters, President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua yesterday moved towards restoring sanity to the system when he approved the reconstitution of the Standing Committee on National Honours.
According to a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Olusegun Adeniyi, the move was spurred by the determination of the President â€œto restore integrity and credibility to the process leading to the conferment of Nigeriaâ€™s national honours and recognition.â€
The statement further said the list of the seven-member committee had Justice S. M. A. Belgore, a retired Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), as Chairman.
Others are Alhaji Aminu Saleh, Professor Attahiru Jega, Ambassador (Dr.) C. Kolade, Mrs. Grace Archibong, Professor M. Ikejiani-Clark, and Alhaji Muhammed Hayatudeen.
The statement noted that the appointment is for a period of four years.