The Nigerian Senate has screened six nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari, for the positions of the Deputy Governor of the CBN and members of the apex bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC).
Those nominees screened for the positions of the CBN Deputy Governors were, Mrs. Aisha Ahmad from Niger State, and Mr. Edward Adamu from Gombe State while Professor Adeola Adenikinju , Dr Aliyu Rafindadi Sanusi, Dr Robert Asogwa and Dr Asheikh Maidugu were all screened as members of the MPC.
Presenting the six nominees to the Senate committee on banking, insurance, and other financial institutions, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, appealed with the Senate to lift its embargo on non screening and confirmation of nominees forwarded to it since last year for various positions in agencies not captured by the constitution.
Monday’s screening exercise was conducted by members of the senate committee, and Senator Enang used the occasion to emphasize the need for the Senate to extend its magnanimity on consideration of other outside the CBN and the financial services sector.
” I want to on behalf of the executive , thank the senate for the resolution made last week which paved way for screening exercise of presidential nominees for CBN Deputy Governorship positions and members of the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee.
“May I on behalf of the executive plead with the Senate to extend its magnanimity on these nominees to other ones already forwarded to it like executives and board members of various agencies”, Senator Enang Submitted.
However, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim, informed the President’s Aide that the gesture given to the CBN nominees was a special one in view of the economic implications their non screening and confirmation is causing the country .
According to him, non confirmation of the nominees by the Senate prevented MPC meeting of the CBN to hold in January and even on Monday, the 19th day of March, 2018. The reason he said led to last week Tuesday resolution by the Senate to screen and confirm the nominees for the various CBN positions.