Monday, June 21, 2021

National Assembly Panels To Screen Nominees Sent In By The President

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday, referred the request of the President Muhammadu Buhari for the confirmation of new service chiefs, to the joint committees on Army, Navy and Air force for necessary screening.

Lawan, gave the committees two weeks to carry out their assignments.

The appointees for confirmation are Maj. Gen. Lucky Eluonye Onyenuchea lrabor – Chief of Defence Staff; Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao – Chief of Air staff.

They are to replace the former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Also on Wednesday, Lawan directed the committee on Foreign Affairs to screen the immediate past service chiefs who had been appointed by Buhari, as career ambassadors.

The panel was asked to conclude its assignments and submit its report within two weeks.

In the same vein, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the plenary on Wednesday, read a letter from the President Muhammadu Buhari, seeking the confirmation of the new service chiefs.

Gbajabiamila later constituted a panel made up of chairmen, deputy chairmen and some members of the military-related standing committees to screen the service chiefs,

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