By Henry Umoru & Inalegwu Shaibu
ABUJA—THE report of Senator Matthew Nwagwu-led Committee on Foreign Affairs on the screening of ambassadorial nominees suffered a major setback, yesterday, due to technical errors.
At Tuesday’s plenary, after two weeks of adjournment to allow for budget defence, the Senate also adjourned for another legislative day.
Prior to the adjournment, the Senate received a letter from President Goodluck Jonathan requesting for confirmation of chairman and seven members of the Federal Civil Service Commission.
The letter dated January 31, 2012, and signed by President Jonathan, was read on the floor of the Senate by the Senate President, David Mark. It was, however, stepped down till today before forwarding it to the relevant committee for screening and advice to the House.
The eight names submitted by President Jonathan as Chairman and members of the Federal Civil Service Commission for confirmation are Deaconess Joanna Ayo, Oyo State, as Chairman; Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed (Kaduna), representing Kaduna and Katsina states; Dr. Garuba Buwai (Zamfara), for Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states; Alhaji Saidu Zakari (Kano), for Kano and Jigawa states.
Others are: Alhaji Yahaya Yusuf (Bauchi), for Bauchi and Borno states; Alhaji Y. Y. Sulaiman (FCT), representing Niger State and FCT; Dr. Mohammed Hamidu Babanka (Taraba), for Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba states, and Alhaji Rafiu Tinubu (Lagos), representing Lagos and Ogun states.
The letter read in part: “The Federal Civil Service Commission is one of the Federal executive bodies established under Section 153 (1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended. By the provision of Part 1, Paragraph 10 of the Third Schedule to the constitution, the commi-ssion shall comprise a Chairman and not more than fifteen members.”
“I have in the exercise of the powers conferred on me by Section 154 (1) and the provision of Part 1, Paragraph 10 of the Third Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, decided to appoint these nominees as chairman and members of the Commission for a term of five years (5) years in the first instance.”