Confirmation of EFCC boss rescheduled for December 15

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

The Nigerian Senate has rescheduled the screening and confirmation of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)‎, Mr. Ibrahim. Magu for Thursday, next week.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu had announced during the plenary session, that the Acting Chairman of the anti graft agency (EFCC) would be screened on Thursday this week, December 8.

However, the hearing confirmation of Mr. Magu was stopped due to demands by some Senators who were not around but wanted to be part of the screening exercise. Mr. Magu was sighted at the Senate wing of the National Assembly but left when he was informed that the screening would not hold as scheduled.

Addressing journalists after Thursday’s plenary, the Deputy Leader of the Senate, Senator Bala Ibn’Nal’Allah, ‎confirmed that the Acting Chairman of the EFCC confirmation hearing was postponed to Dec 15 due to requests from some Senators.

“Let me correct it. In fact it was listed and removed from the order paper. The senate is normally guided by the time frame of the work.

We agreed that today will be the confirmation hearing of the EFCC Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu but yesterday we received a lot of calls from senators who are away and who believed that they want to participate and that it is unfair for us to fix today when we know they are not around. When we look at the demands and number we felt it would be wrong for us to proceed disregarding those calls. Then we said let us put it against Tuesday.

“Again we became too unsure as to whether Monday or Tuesday will be declared public holiday by the federal government in respect of the impending Eid- Malud holiday.

We have since written an official letter to the acting chairman giving him that Thursday unfailingly as the day for the confirmation hearing of his appointment.”

He also confirmed that the President can present his budget proposal while the lawmakers examine the document using the MTEF/FSP as bench mark for their work which is not a condition for the President’s presentation of the annual appropriation bill.

Meanwhile, a bill for an Act to provide for constituency projects in the annual budget of the Federation passed second reading on the Senate floor.

Sponsor of the bill, Senator Stella Oduah said that one of the essence of the bill is to ensure that ambiguity is avoided as well as promoting transparency in the managing of constituency projects across the country.

According to the Anambra state Senator, “the only way we can remove these ambiguities is to make constituency projects legal by institutionalizing it as part of the annual budgets,” she argued.