The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Dr Halilu Ahmad Shaba as the Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).
The confirmation followed the presentation and consideration of a report of the Committee on Science and Technology by the Chairman, Sen. Uche Ekwunife (PDP -Anambra Central) at plenary on Wednesday.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on March 2, asked the Senate to confirm Shaba as DG NASRDA. In the letter, Buhari urged the lawmakers to give his request an accelerated consideration.
Ekwunife, while presenting the report said the nominee had shown evidence of more than 21 years of post-doctoral research experience in space science, six years above the minimum requirements to be appointed Director-General of NASRDA.
She said the nominee was cleared by the Nigerian Police, Department of State Security Services (DSS) as eligible for appointment.
Ekwunife maintained the nominee provided evidence of tax clearance and code of conduct acknowledgement slip. She said the committee was ultimately satisfied with the qualifications, performance and suitability of the nominee for the position.
“The committee is convinced the nominee is eminently qualified to hold the position he is being nominated for and accordingly hereby recommends him for confirmation of Senate,’’ Ekwunife said.
The Senate, after a voice vote, confirmed the nomination of Halilu Ahmad Shaba for appointment as Director-General of NASRDA.
The Nomination of Mr. Halilu Ahmad Shaba is CONFIRMED as the Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency.#TodayInSenatePlenary
— The Nigerian Senate (@NGRSenate) April 14, 2021