Senate seeks status of Nigeria’s extended continental shelf project

Edwin AKWUEH, Abuja

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The Nigerian Senate has urged President Buhari to sustain his support for the country’s quest to complete her ongoing project of extending the continental shelf beyond its present limit.

The Senate also resolved to invite officials of the national boundary commission & the United Nations resident team, to brief them on the status of Nigeria’s claim of her extended continental shelf.

These were part of the outcomes of Thursday’s plenary, as Senate deliberated on a motion seeking to ascertain Nigeria’s status in the extended continental shelf project.

In another development, Senate on Thursday assured all stakeholders that it is committed to restoring peace and normalcy in the Edo state House of Assembly, & appealed to aggrieved parties to sheath their sword in the interest of the larger society.

Chairman of the Senate ad-hoc committee on the crisis in Edo state, Senator Aliyu Sabi gave the assurance after meeting with some of the lawmakers elect involved in the crisis.

Spokesman of the delegation to the Senate, Mr. Washington Osifo told Voice of Nigeria that they are confident in the ability of the Senate to resolve the crisis, stressing that they are happy with the peace initiatives of the Federal Legislature.

CONFIRMATION OF APPOINTEES

Meanwhile, Senate has confirmed the appointment of Prof. Habu Galadima as the substantive Director General of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, Jos.

This was sequel to the consideration of the report of an ad-hoc committee on the screening of presidential nominees chaired by Senator Teslim Folarin.

Presenting the report, Senator Folarin said that the committee members were satisfied with the performance of the nominee during screening and therefore recommended the confirmation of his appointment by the Senate.

Senate also confirmed the appointment of Engr. Uba Maska from the North West geo-political zone for a second term as the Executive Commissioner of Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.

It also approved the appointments of Aliyu Saidu Abubakar from the North East, Prof. Millionaire Abowei (South South) and Abdulazeez Mohammed Salman (North Central) as Non-Executive Commissioners, respectively.

The confirmation of their appointments also followed the consideration of report by another ad-hoc committee chaired by Senator Folarin, who equally announced that the committee found the nominees qualified to occupy the positions as recommended accordingly.

Ime Njoku