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Buhari Ask Senate’s confirmation of new FIRS Chairman, members

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On Tuesday, the Senate received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation from Muhammad Nami as executive president of the Federal Internal Revenue Service (FIRS).

The request, which was contained in a letter dated December 9, was read in plenary by Senate President Ahmad Lawan. The letter says: “In accordance with Section 3 (2) of the Federal Internal Revenue Service (Establishment) Act, 2007.

In addition, the Agency urges the new FIRS boss to keep up with the revenue. I am pleased to send confirmation from the Senate, the names of the nominees listed below as President and Members of the Federal Internal Revenue Service.

The nominees for Buhari along with the president, Muhammad Nami North Central, were James Yakwen Ayuba, North Central; Ado Danjuma, Northwest; Adam Mohammed, Northeast; Ikeme Osakwe, Southeast; Adewale Ogunyomade, Southwest, and Ehile Adetola Aibangbee, South South.

Representatives of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the board were- Ladidi Mohammed, Office of Attorney-General of the Federation; Godwin Emefiele, Central Bank of Nigeria; (CBN), Fatima Hayatu, Ministry of Finance; Maagbe Adaa, Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission; Umar Ajiya, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation;(NNPC) DCG Isah, Nigeria Customs Service, and Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission.

The Senate had also received another request from Buhari seeking the confirmation of a newly appointed Chairman for Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

The letter dated Dec. 9, reads: “In accordance with Section 10(1) of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) Act, 2010, I hereby present Mr Edward Lametek Adamu for confirmation as Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria by the Distinguished Senate.

While hoping that this request will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the Senate, please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.

The Senate also at the plenary considered six bills for first reading. They were Companies and Allied Matters Act CAP C 20 repeal and re-enactment Bill 2019 sponsored by Sen. Abdullahi Yahaya (APC–Kebbi ), Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 Amendment Bill sponsored by Sen. Abdullahi Yahaya (APC–Kebbi), FCT Health Insurance Agency Establishment Bill 2019 by Sen. Abdullahi Yahaya (APC–Kebbi ) among others.

The Senate also considered four bills for second reading at plenary. The bills were; Bill for an Act to make provision for freedom from hunger and the right to adequate food of acceptable quality, the right of every child to basic nutrition, sponsored by Sen. Orji Theodore (PDP–Abia),a bill for an Act to provide an efficient legal framework for regulation of freight traffic and use of petroleum tankers on the highway to convey petroleum products and promote safety of all road users by Sen.Ifeanyi Ubah(YPP-Anambra).

A bill to amend the Federal Polytechnic Daura, Kastina State to make provision for change of name to Mustapha Bukar Polytechnic, sponsored by Sen. Ahmad Kaita (APC–Katsina ).

A bill to establish the National Rice Development Council of Nigeria to enhance local production of rice in Nigeria by sponsored by Sen. Bima Enagi(APC-Niger).