Senate Mandate Five-man Board for EFCC


The Senate at Tuesday’s plenary established the appointment of five nominees as members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Board.

The confirmation of the Board nominees was sequel to the consideration of a report by its Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes.

The Senate had received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm the appointments of the Secretary and Board members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The request was contained in a letter, dated September 17, and read during plenary on Tuesday, September 22 by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

Buhari explained that the request for the confirmation of the nominees was in accordance with the provision of Section 2(1) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act, 2004.

Those confirmed on Tuesday included Gorge Abang Ekungu, Secretary (Cross River); Luqman Muhammed (Edo); Anumba Adaeze (Enugu); Alhaji Kola Raheem Adesina (Kwara); and Alhaji Yahaya Muhammad (Yobe).

The Chairman of the Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes Committee, Senator Suleiman Abdu Kwari, in his presentation, said the nominees while appearing before the panel for screening, gave in-depth responses to questions posed by members on how they would contribute to achieving the commission’s mandate.

He added that the committee, after scrutinizing their credentials, was satisfied that the nominees have the requisite experience, integrity, professional competence and industry to discharge the functions for which they were nominated.

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Senator Kwari further said that there was no adverse security report or petitions against any of them.

Speaking after the confirmation of the nominees, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who presided over Tuesday plenary, congratulated them as they commence their new assignments.

Also on Tuesday, the Red Chamber passed the Tertiary Hospital Development Fund (Establishment) Bill, 2021.

The passage of the bill followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary).

Presenting the report, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe, said the bill seeks to establish the Tertiary Hospitals Development Fund for the rehabilitation, restoration and consolidation of tertiary healthcare in Nigeria.

He also explained that the piece of legislation also seeks to establish for the Fund, the Governing Board consisting of a chairman and other representatives as members.

According to him, the Fund will provide and maintain infrastructure essential for tertiary healthcare service delivery, health research, staff training and development.

“The bill proposes how the funds will be sourced thereby eliminating the burden of financing placed on the federal government,” Oloriegbe said.

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