The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Mr Adamu Mu’azu (North East) as Chairman of the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) and Prof. Oserhmein Osunbor as Chairman of the National Law Reform Commission.
Mu’azu and Osunbor were confirmed after the senate considered and adopted the report of its committees on establishment and public service and judiciary, human rights and legal matters.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that President Goodluck Jonathan, on Nov. 20, sent a letter to the senate requesting the confirmation of the nominees.
Jonathan said in the letter that the nomination followed the expiration of the tenure of the director-general and commissioners of the commission.
The Chairman of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service, Sen. Aloysius Etok (PDP-Akwa Ibom), while presenting the report, said that the committee found Mu’azu and the four other candidates qualified.
Sen. Ahmed Lawan (APC-Yobe), however, noted that one of the nominees for full time commissioner, Mrs Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, was currently the acting Director-General.
He said with her appointment as full time commissioner, there would be a vacuum in the commission and urged that the substantive Director-General should be appointed expeditiously to allow PENCOM perform optimally.
On his part, Sen. Wilson Ake (PDP-Rivers) observed that although the law stipulated that there should be a nominee from every geo-political zone, there was no nominee from the South-South zone.
The four other nominated as full time commissioners are Mrs Chinelo Anohu-Amazu (South-East), Mr Omotowa Gilbert (North- Central), Mr Mohammed Abubakar (North-West) and Mr Adesojo Olaoba-Efuntayo (South-West).
Presenting the report of Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, its Chairman, Sen. Umaru Dahiru, said the committee found all but one of the nominees qualified.
According to him, they are capable of handling the appointment.
Sen. Kabiru Marafa (APC-Zamfara), however, expressed concern about why one of the nominee’s confirmations was pending.
A member of the committee explained that there were certain documents she had failed to present but that she would be recommended for confirmation as soon as she availed the committee of the documents.
Those nominated as commissioners for the NLRC are Mr Kefas Magaji (North-East), Mr P.C Okorie (South-East) and Mrs Zainab Ibrahim (North-Central) whose confirmation is pending.
Senate President David Mark, in his remarks, urged the appointees to perform above board as their personal integrity was at stake.
“I am sure that they are all very conscious of the fact that these are important commissions and they must be above board at all times.
“They must do justice and prove us right and prove to the nation that we have not made any mistake by confirming them.
“Pensioners continue to go through a lot of hardship in this country and I hope that they will put in all the time to make sure that this hardship is reduced to the barest minimum,” Mark said.
Mark said that the observation by Ake was valid, adding that the senate would mention it in its letter to the president.
He congratulated the candidates and reminded them that the commissions they were appointed into were very important and sensitive ones. (NAN)