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Council of State Confirms IGP’s Appointment, INEC RECs, Others

IGP, Ibrahim Idris
Posted: Sep 8, 2016 at 8:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

* Jonathan Attends First Meeting


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Abuja – The Council of State meeting convened at the behest of President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed the appointment of Ibrahim Idris as substantive Inspector General of Police.

But beyond the council of State’s ratification, IGP Idris still has to go through additional hurdle from the Senate to seal his confirmation.

The meeting also ratified the appointment of six Resident Electoral Commissioners for each of the geo-political zones on behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Those whose appointments were confirmed includes: Mohammed Haruna (North Central); AVM Ahmed Tijani Mu’Azu rtd (North East); Abubakar Nahuca (North West); Professor Okechukwu Ibanu (South East); May Agbamuche Mbu (South South) and Dr. Adekunle Ladipo Ogumola (South West).

The meeting also deliberated on the appointment of five new Commissioners for the National Population Commission (NPC).

The appointees for NPC include Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji (Oyo); Patricia Iyaya (Benue); Benedict Ukpong (Akwa Ibom); Dr. Halu Bala (Kebbi); and Gloria Isofo (Bayelsa).

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, who briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting,said,”we deliberated on the confirmation of the Inspector General of Police. There was almost unanimous acceptance of his confirmation..”

Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode gave further clarification,saying “It is important to note that beyond the Police Council resolution today, the IGP has to be presented to the Senate, specifically for confirmation”.

Ambode also said, “Council deliberated on the appointment of six National Commissioners for INEC. You know INEC is supposed to have 12 Commissioners, we had earlier approved six sometime last year and additional six were actually approved on Wednesday. Those six appointees represent nominees from the six geo-political zones.

“You may also wish to know that we approved five new Commissioners for the National Population Commission, NPC”.

On the recession plaguing the economy, both governors were unable to explain in specific terms measures on ground by the Federal Government to salvage the economy, even though the matter was brought up for discussion by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Ahmed Zainab.

When reporters probed further on specific measures articulated by the Council to resuscitate the economy, Badaru simply said,”details were given, suggestions were also made by Council members. It was also resolved that those suggestions be imputed to whatever it is that the Federal Government is doing in order for us to fast track our recovery”.

Both governors expressed optimism that the economy was on the part of recovery baring any further hiccups to the country.

“The Council was also briefed on the state of the economy. The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning actually made a presentation to council on the ways and manner in which the Federal Government is approaching the rescue mission, particularly on the recession crisis we are going through.

“Majorly, there is a very good focus on the diversification of the economy with serious focus on agriculture, solid mineral development as well,”they said.

Recall that erstwhile President, Goodluck Jonathan made a surprise appearance at the Council of States meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The development marked the first time the immediate past President was attending the meeting, since he exited the Presidential Villa office.

At the first Council of State meeting which held in October, 2015, Jonathan was conspicuously absent, prompting speculations that he was still brooding from defeat he suffered after the 2015 general elections that brought in Muhammadu Buhari as elected President.

Beyond this, Jonathan had maintained cordial relationship with Buhari, even though the seating President repeatedly criticize his predecessor’s administration as being responsible for the prevailing economic woes.