Lawmakers Refuse To Confirm Nominee Who Called For Scrapping Of Senate


The Senate on Thursday rejected one of the nominees forwarded to it by President Muhammadu Buhari for the governing board of the Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC.

The nominee, Saidu Abubakar, had during his screening before the senate insisted that the Senate should be scrapped as according to him, the cost of running the upper legislative chamber was way too high.

Abubakar had before his nomination, participated in a protest calling for the scrapping of the senate and a unicameral legislature.

During the screening exercise by the Senate Committee on Communications, one of the lawmakers asked Abubakar why he was appearing before a body he wanted scrapped; but the nominee maintained that the Senate was an economic loss to the country.

He said that all the Senators do was to receive huge transport and ward robe allowances as well as purchase expensive cars for themselves. He said he had no regrets joining in the protests and was still convinced the senate should be done away with.

On Thursday, however, chairman of the Senate committee on communication, Gilbert Nnaji, told the senate plenary that the committee had noticed some inconsistencies in the credentials presented by Abubakar, as well as one other nominee, Ezeikel Yissa.

    Only five, out of the seven nominees were approved by the senate committee.

    They include: Chairman, Olabiyi Durojaiye; executive commissioner, Sunday Dare; Commissioners: Clement Baiye, Okoi Obono-Obia and Ifeanyi Ararume.

    Recall that the committee had during the screening exercise pointed out to Abubakar that the certificate he presented – a diploma in computer science – bore a date which is later than the date of his appointment by the President.

    He replied that he had no need for the certificate since he was not working for the government, adding that he only went to pick it up after the nomination.

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