Buhari seeks confirmation of NEDC nominees

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm the appointment of 12 nominees as members of the Governing Board of the North East Development Commission (NEDC).

According to the statement released by the presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu on Friday, May 5, the President’s request is contained in a letter addressed to the President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan.

The letter dated May 3, 2023, read: “In accordance with the provision of Part 1, section 2(5)(b) of the North-East Development Commission Establishment Act, 2017, I am pleased to present for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of twelve (12) nominees as tabulated below, in the Governing Board of the North East Development Commission.



    ‘‘The Senate is invited to note that the tenure of the current Governing Board of the North-East Development Commission will end on May 7, 2023.’’

    The nominees include: Bashir Baale, Chairman, (North-East, Yobe), Suwaiba Baba, Executive Director, Humanitarian Affairs, (North-East, Taraba), Musa Yashi, Executive Director, Administration and Finance, (North-East, Bauchi), Ismaila Maksha, Executive Director, Operations (North-East, Adamawa) and Umar Hashidu, MD/CEO, (North-East, Gombe).

    Others are Grema Ali, member, (North-East, Borno), Onyeka Gospel-Tony, member, (South-East), Hailmary Aipoh, member, (South-South), Babatunde Akanbi (retd), member, (South-West), Mustapha Ibrahim, member, (North-West), Hadiza Maina, member, (North-Central) and a representative from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

    The President expressed hope that his request ‘‘will receive the usual expeditious consideration and confirmation of the Senate”.

    Usman Mustapha is a solution journalist with International Centre for Investigative Reporting. You can easily reach him via: [email protected]. He tweets @UsmanMustapha_M

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