By G9ija

Dr Ahmad Lawan, Nigeria’s Senate President, has forwarded President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominees into the board of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes for screening.

The President also forwarded the names of appointees into the newly established Boards of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NPRA) and Upstream Regulatory Commission (URC) to the Committees on Petroleum (Downstream) and (Upstream), respectively.

The nominees were mentioned to the relevant committees for legislative action during the start of plenary proceedings on Wednesday, after the receipt of three separate requests from the President to that effect.

The upper chamber had on Tuesday received a request from Buhari to confirm the nominees as Members of the Board of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority.

Buhari seeks Senate’s confirmation of Petroleum Regulatory Authority board, Upstream Regulatory Commission

Buhari, in another letter to the upper chamber, also sought the confirmation of the Board of the Upstream Regulatory Commission.

The nominees for confirmation into the Nigerian Petroleum Regulatory Board are: Idaere Gogo Ogan (Chairman); Sarki Auwalu (Chief Executive); Ogbugo Ukoha (Executive Director, Distributions Systems, Storage and Retail Infrastructure) and Abiodun A. Adeniji (Executive Director, Finance and Accounts).

In a different letter dated September 16, 2021, the President, while relying on the provision of Section 11(3) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, requested the Senate to confirm the appointment of four nominees as Chairman, Chief Executive and Executive Commissioners to the Board of the Upstream Regulatory Commission.

The nominees for screening and confirmation are Isa Ibrahim Modibo (Chairman); Gbenga Komolafe (Chief Executive); Ms Rose Ndong (Executive Commissioner, Exploration and Acreage Management) and Hassan Gambo (Executive Commissioner, Finance and Accounts).

The President, in a third request contained in a letter dated September 17, 2021, requested the confirmation of the Secretary and Board members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Those to be screened by the EFCC Committee include Luqman Muhammed (Edo); Anumba Adaeze (Enugu); George Abbah Ekpungu, Secretary (Cross River); Alhaji Kola Raheem Adesina (Kwara); and Alhaji Yahaya Muhammad (Yobe).