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NIGERIA: Senate Screens Emefiele, Adelabu, Bulkachuwa Today

The Senate will today screen the Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, and an Executive Director of First Bank, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, as Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor-designate and deputy governor-designate respectively.
According to a copy of today’s Order Paper obtained by THISDAY last night, both men will not be referred to the Senate Committee on Banking for screening but will rather be screened by the committee of the whole Senate.
The screening is the first item on the Order Paper.
It read thus: “That the Senate do commit to the Committee of the Whole, the request of the President and of the Armed Forces, Command-in-Chief, for the confirmation of the following nominees – 1. Mr. Godwin Emefiele 2. Mr. Adebayo Adelabu – for appointments as Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria respectively, in accordance with Section 81 (1) and (2) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act 2007.”
President Goodluck Jonathan had on February 20 sent the names of both Emefiele and Adekoya to the Senate and urged the upper legislative chamber to confirm their appointments in compliance with Section 81(1) and (2) of the CBN Act.
According to the letter addressed to Senate President David Mark, the president said the appointment of Emefiele was informed by the  forthcoming expiration of the suspended governor of the bank, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, on June 2, this year.
The appointment also coincided with the suspension of Sanusi by the president same day over allegation of financial recklessness.
The senate had scheduled the screening of Emefiele and Adelabu for Thursday last week but it was obviously postponed because of the absence of Mark during the day’s plenary.
Mark had last week led a delegation of Nigerian Legislators  to the 130th session of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, of Switzerland.
Also tomorrow, the senate will commence the screening of Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa as the President of the Appeal Court.
The screening of Bulkachuwa today is the second item on the Order Paper. Jonathan had last week requested for the confirmation of Bulkachuwa as the head of the appellate court after almost three years without a substantive head following the suspension of Justice Ayo Salami on August 18, 2011.
Also on Thursday, Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, along with the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), David Paradang, are expected to appear before the Senate Committee on Interior at the beginning of a two-day public hearing on the tragic episode accompanying the recruitment test by NIS on March 15. Where more than 20 people died in the incident.
Also expected to make submissions at the hearing are the Head of Service  (HOS) of the Federation, state Comptrollers of NIS as well as Managing Director of Drexel Technical Global Services Limited.
According to a statement by the committee, which was obtained by THISDAY last night, the minister, comptroller-general of NIS, HOS, Managing Director of Drexel Technical Global Services, the Nigeria Police, among others, are also expected to make submissions at the hearing.
“The Senate Committee on Interior is mandated by the senate to investigate the tragic nationwide aptitude test and physical examination for recruitment into the NIS which took place on March 15.
“Accordingly, the committee hereby calls for submissions from the following: Minister of Interior, Comptroller-General of NIS, Head of Service of the Federation, Secretary, CIPB, states, FCT Comptrollers of NIS Managing Director/CEO of Drexel Technical Global Services limited – consultant, Nigeria Police,” the statement read.

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