The Senate, has on Tuesday, rejected the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to seek its approval for the appointment of Aisha Umar, as the Director-General, DG,of the National Pension Commission, NPC,
This caused a division among the Senators, as some Lawmakers vehemently protested the nomination as soon as the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, read President Buhari’s letter seeking Umar’s confirmation as the Substantive DG of the Commission.
The letter also named Oyindasola Oni as the Chairman of the Agency, with 6 nominees for appointment as Chairman, Director-General, and Executive Commissioners of the NPC.
Others nominated as Commissioners are: Hannatu Musa (North-West); Clement Oyedele Akintola (South-West); Ayim C. Nyerere (South-East); and Charles Efe Sylvester Emukowhale (South-South)
Speaking on behalf of the aggrieved Senators, the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, declared that Umar, from the North-East, should not have replaced the former DG, Mrs. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, who is from the South-East.
Abaribe said that the President’s action was a flagrant breach of the Act that established PENCOM.
Section 20 (1) and section 21 (1) and (2) of the National Pension Commission Act 2014, states that: “In the event of a vacancy, the President shall appoint a replacement from the geopolitical zone of the immediate past member that vacated office, to complete the remaining tenure.”
Abaribe argued that Anohu-Amazu’s successor should come from the South-East.
His words: “I recall that the tenure of the incumbent was truncated therefore the new letter from the president that has now moved the Chairman of the Commission to another zone may not be correct.
“it is against the law setting up the National Pension Commission and the Federal Character Commission.
“Before you (Lawan) send it to the appropriate committee tomorrow (Wednesday), I wish to draw the attention of the committee to it.”
The Senate President rejected Abaribe’s point of order and observation.
He said: “That is for me to interpret, because I interpret the laws here. If there is any petition to that effect, it should be sent to the Committee.”