Senate warns PenCom, CBB, ICPC headship nominees not to assume duty before confirmation

Posted by News Express | 20 August 2017 | 1,278 times

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•Senate spokesperson Aliyu Abdullahi

The Senate has advised the nominees for headship of the Pension Commission (PenCom) and two other Federal Government agencies not to assume duties until their nominations are confirmed.

The other agencies are the Code of Conduct Bureau (CBB) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Allied Offences Commission (ICPC).

In a statement on Saturday in Abuja by its spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, the Senate insisted that the nominees had to be confirmed in accordance with provisions of the Constitution and laws establishing the agencies.

The nominees affected by the Senate’s directive are Alhaji Ali Usman as Director-General, PenCom; Dr Mohammed Isah, Chairman, CBB and Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman, ICPC.

The statement said that the leadership of the senate had been inundated with enquiries from individuals from across the country on the issue.

According to the Senate, such enquiries centred around the reported statement from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to the effect such appointees could assume duty pending their confirmation.

“We will advise the Acting President who was quoted to have given the directive for the resumption of the nominees that the directive was illegal and not right.

”The Senate will not support any action that is not in line with the law.

”We advise the nominees to hold on until they are cleared by the Senate as required by the law before resuming in their respective offices.

”We do not want anything that will cause problem between the executive and the legislature,” it said. (NAN)

Source: News Express

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