Discordant tunes over FG’s breach of act setting up FRC, as Senate confirms Muruako as Chairman
The Senate, on Thursday, confirmed the nomination of Barr. Victor Chinemerem Muruako as Chairman of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission amidst discordant tunes from some senators.
The disagreement had to do with the composition of the board of the commision which was not in conformity with the law setting up the commission.
The confirmation of the nominee followed consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Finance, Chaired by Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (APC, Lagos-West).
The Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, opposed the confirmation of the nominee on the basis that full nominations to the Commission’s board was yet to be forwarded to the Upper Chamber by President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the Chairman cannot be confirmed alone without the compliment of full membership of the Board.
This was coming immediately after the presentation of the report by the Chairman of Committee, Senatoe Solomon Adeola Olamilejan.
At the confirmation hearing by the Senate Committee on finance, the same issues were raised.
The Chairman of the Committee in his concluding remarks had also raised concerns on the composition of FRC which he said was not in accordance with the act setting it up.
He said the chairmanship nominee was supposed to come along with him one representative per each geopolitical zone, a member of the civil society, representative of the Nigeria Labour Congress and all other members to have a full composition of the board of FRC.
He however observed that as things stood the committee woul be confirming the nominee as a sole administrator which is not in order.
He exonerated the nominee saying it was not his making.
According to him,”This committee will take it upon itself to write the Senate and also the Presidency to inform them that there is need to have a full and complete board of the fiscal responsibility commission so that the board can become fully functional and alive with their responsibility.
“We have listened with rapt attention a lot of questions have been asked, bordering on your capacity, experience and your challenges.
“Even you have been in acting capacity for over eight years knowing fully well that you are entitled to two terms of four years each making eight years even though it is not of your making.
“We believe that coming on board now as chairman things will get better. There are major issues that are fundamental a lot has been said concerning what this commission is made of.
“The commission is an extension of the committee on finance of the national Assembly because of their role they are more or less like auditors but more focused on the revenue side of the federal Government.
“On a quarterly basis this commission is to develope a report on the status of the revenue of the federal Government and the judicious application and the remittance of the revenue, it is that report that should guide our line of thinking while inviting all the revenue generating agencies.
He said over the years the agency has been made redundant as their responsibility has been reduced to the lowest level.
“I believe that if we have a full board in place all the revenue generating agencies of the federal will be reawaken and that can reposition this country with the judicious application of these resources
“To that end if the committee confirms you our first assignment is to invite you and all the revenue generating agencies alongside the accountant general of the federation so that we can give this agency lifeline for it to carryout its obligation as at when due.
“There are a lot of issues that are hanging we have seen that you are passionate that you really want to do the job until all that is around this is done we want.”
He, therefore, moved a motion for the confirmation to be stepped down pending when the President constitutes the Commission’s Board and sends the nominations to the upper chamber for screening and confirmation.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, in his response, however, prevailed on his colleagues for the Senate to confirm the nominee pending when the full list of nominees was sent to the Senate by the President.
“If we don’t confirm, this person would still be acting, so it makes little or no difference really.
“I suggest we do the confirmation and insist that the Chairman does not constitute the board of the Commission, because the Commission is supposed to have the full compliment of what the law says.
“So, we do the confirmation and write to the Executive to nominate the remaining people to form the Commission.
“But let me also remark here, that the man has acted for over seven years, and yet this commission, I personally don’t know what they are doing. What are they doing?
“So, the Chairman, when he is confirmed, has a huge responsibility to turn around this Commission for it to perform efficiently and effectively.
“Otherwise, for him to be there seven years acting, and then fours years – that is eleven years – running that Commission, probably he did it as a Sole Administrator over the years, and is simply not acceptable because the Fiscal Responsibility Commission is such an important Commission that we need to have everybody who is supposed to be there, and they have to sit up, especially the man who would lead this,” Lawan said.
The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central), on his part, observed that going ahead with the confirmation of the nominee without the compliment of full membership of the Board was not the intent of President Buhari.
Omo-Agege, therefore, suggested that the nominee’s confirmation be put on hold.
“I don’t believe it is the intent of Mr. President to nominate a sole administrator. Clearly, that cannot be his intention.
“The Commission is entitled to the full compliment of members, and my view without prejudice to the ruling you just gave and the man’s qualifications, would have been for this to be put on hold while we await Mr. President to bring the other members,” the Deputy Senate President said.
According to him, “going ahead to do this (confirm nominee) right now, is validating the sole administrator-ship that he has enjoyed for the past seven years, and it is wrong, Mr. President.”
Lending his voice in support of the nominee’s confirmation, Senator James Manager (PDP, Delta South), said, “listening to both sides of the arguments, the man has been there in acting capacity for seven years.
“Now, only his name has been submitted to us to screen and clear without his members. It is an ugly story. However, I would suggest not stepping down, we clear the man, but you have the responsibility to convey – not in writing – but talking to Mr. President that this is the situation. Somebody, somewhere is clearly playing a game which is not correct, that is why we are here.”
Senator Ibn Na’Allah, on his part, cautioned the lawmakers not to act against the provisions of the law by refusing to confirm the nominee, as the Fiscal Responsibility Act does not make it mandatory for the President to submit the complete names of nominees for appointment to the Board at once.
“Mr. President, I always wants us to err on the side of law. The ruling and the running of Senate is not left to our whims and caprices. We are guided by law and the Constitution.
“I have had the privilege of reading the provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Bill. When we made that law, there was no where we specifically said that the appointment must be done at once.
“All we said is that the Commission should have the Chairman, and then members from the six groups-political zones to constitute the body. That is the position of the law.
“And, I remind each and everyone of us here, that the rules of engagement between us and those who elected us into this office is the oath that we took on that very day, that we would uphold, defend and protect the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the law.
“So, if the Fiscal Responsibility Bill does not say that the President must make this appointment at once, I’m unable to find the wisdom of not confirming the name submitted to the Senate if he has meet the legal requirement to be confirmed as the Chairman.
“Again, don’t forget that we are running a democracy, the principle of which is guided by the separation of on powers. We cannot do our work and do that of Mr. President,” Na’Allah advised.
The nominee was, thereafter, confirmed by the Upper Chamber as Chairman of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission.
FRC chairmanship nominee debunks insinuation he acted as chairman for eight years
***Senate Committee frowns at breach of act setting up FRC
From John Akubo and Azimazi Momojimoh, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari nominee for the Fiscal Responsibily Commission as substantive chairman Barr. Victor Muruako has debunked insinuations that he spent Eight years in acting capacity.
Speaking with newsmen after his confirmatory screening yesterday by the Senate Committee on Finance he said it is a misconception to say he acted for eight years.
According to him, “This commission has passed through challenges, at a point the commission was scheduled for scrapping at a point it was schedule for merger and at a point our appropriation was stopped. “It is only President Muhammadu Buhari who came and gave back life to why we are here. For us it is a new beginning you Know where FRC has been? Just go and check when the commission was brought back to life.
“We thank God this is a new beginning for the commission. If you check the record it has been difficult times, for us we are not looking at today, we are looking at tomorrow, where we intend to put the nation and our efforts to strenghten the microeconomic stability of the nation
In a related development, the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, as well as the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPTRE), Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) chapter have congratulated Barr. Victor Muruako on his recent appointment by Mr. President as substantive Chairman of Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Abuja.
Wada heads PDP screening committee for Anambra 2021
Wada heads PDP screening committee for Anambra 2021
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) has appointed immediate past Governor of Kogi State Idris Wada as Chairman of the Screening Committee for its aspirants in upcoming Anambra governorship election.
The party made the disclosure in a statement issued by its National Organising Secretary, retired Col. Austin Akobundu, in Abuja on Saturday.
Akobundu indicated that the party also approved the nomination of South East Zonal Secretary of the party, Chief James Ugwu, as Secretary of the screening committee.
Other members of the committee according to Akobundu include: Sen. Ehigie Uzamere, Mrs Martha Bodunrin and Mr Jones Onyereri.
He said that the screening exercise is scheduled for Monday April 12, and Tuesday April 13, at the National Working Committee Hall, Wadata Plaza, Abuja, at 9:00 a.m.
“It is expected that the aspirants will exercise exemplary conduct and strict adherence to rules and regulations during the assessment that will justify the confidence reposed in them by the leadership of our party,” he said.
Acting IGP retains Frank Mba as spokesperson
Acting IGP retains Frank Mba as spokesperson
The acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has approved the posting of AIG Hafiz Inuwa as the Force Secretary and member of the Force Management Team.
This was contained in a statement that was signed by the force Public relations officer Frank Mba and issued in Abuja on FridayThe statement indicated that IGP also approved the re-appointment of CP Frank Mba and Ag. CP Idowu Owohunwa as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP respectively. The new Force Secretary, AIG Hafiz Inuwa takes over from AIG Mustapha Dandaura who has been redeployed to Zone-7 Police Headquarters, Abuja. AIG Hafiz Inuwa holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA).
Prior to his appointment as the Force Secretary, he was the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone-13 Ukpo -Dunukofia in Awka, Anambra State, covering Anambra and Enugu State Police Commands.
He also previously served as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Delta and Cross River States, amongst other strategic positions. He is a member of the prestigious National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS), Kuru, Jos. CP Frank Mba, a lawyer and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), is also an alumnus of the University of Dundee, Scotland – United Kingdom, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Law. An IVLP scholar, he holds a Diploma in Police Strategic Management from the University of Virginia, USA and a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy (FBINA) in Quantico, Virginia, USA. He also holds a Certificate in National and International Security from Harvard University, USA. A veteran Public Relations (PR) practitioner, he is being re-appointed as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) and the Image-maker for the Nigeria Police Force for the third time. Acting CP Idowu Owohunwa, the newly re-appointed Principal Staff Officer to the Inspector General of Police (PSO-IGP), holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies and Policing from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. A Chevening Scholar, Ag. CP Owohunwa also holds a Diploma in Police Strategic Management at the University of Virginia, USA and a graduate of the globally recognized FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, USA. Ag. CP Owohunwa was the PSO-IGP between 2015 and 2016, and to the immediate past Inspector General of Police. This re-appointment marks the third time he is holding the position as the Principal Staff Officer to the Inspector-General of Police. In a similar vein, the IGP has ordered the posting of the following officers; CSP Idris Abdullahi Abubakar as the PSO II to the IGP, SP Isah Abdulhamid as PA-IGP, SP Nura Kabir Hanga as Secretary – IGP, amongst other personal aides. The statement said the Senior Police Officers are expected to bring their professional and intellectual exposure to bear in assisting the IGP and his Management Team in developing/implementing strategic policing policies and plans, all directed at stabilizing internal security, modernizing police operations and restoring police primacy in the protection of lives and property of citizens. The appointments/postings of the Senior Officers and personal aides take immediate effect.
Acting IGP promises to provide professional, responsive policing
Acting IGP promises to provide professional, responsive policing
*** to restore the primacy of Police in internal security
The acting inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba has promised to use his tenure to provide the highest possible level of professional and responsive policing system
This he said will enable the police to give Nigerians safety, treat them with civility and hold their human rights sacred.
Speaking in his remarks during the handing over ceremony at the Force headquarters Abuja, he challenged the citizens to change their mind sets and be prepared to work with the police in the interest of community safety and national security.
“I am mindful of the yearnings of Nigerians for a policing system that will not only assure them of their safety, but treat them with civility and hold their human rights sacred.
“I am fully conscious of the task ahead and His Excellency’s expectations. By the Grace of Almighty Allah (SWT), I shall not let the nation down.
“To the Police officers, I call on you to continue to support me with prayers so that this journey we are commencing together today shall lead us to the desired destination.
“Being appointed to head the largest Police Force in Africa both in terms of personnel profile and operational jurisdiction is to me, more than a fulfilment of destiny.
“It is a call to national duty, particularly, at this critical time that our nation is experiencing increasingly complex and pervasive security threats occasioned by terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, secessionist agitation and sundry highly organized crimes.”
He said though the challenge of leading the Force to address the threats in the shortest possible time frame, restore security order, and return the nation to the path of national unity appear daunting it is achievable.
According to him, inspired by the extensive years of service, I can confidently say that the Nigeria Police is endowed with some of the finest, courageous and patriotic officers who, undoubtedly, shall support me to advance the internal security vision of the President.”
Baba said, he is encouraged by the fact that the outgoing Inspector General of Police has laid a solid foundation and entrenched a culture of professional efficiency in the Force.
“These will stimulate me in my capacity as the new Acting Inspector General of Police, to strengthen our strategies and provide the requisite leadership that will change the narratives in relation to our operational approach to the current security threats.
“The task of restoring the primacy of the Nigeria Police in the internal security architecture of the country is the main challenge ahead of us.
“It is, however, a task that I am convinced we can surmount if we resolve as a people to partner and present a common front against the subversive and criminal elements who are the common enemies of our nation.”
“As IGP Adamu exits the Force, I call on you all to join me in celebrating one of the greatest policing icons of our time and to put on record our immense appreciation of his laudable contributions to the Nigeria Police Force.”
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