BY OBUTE JAMES
The Nigerian Senate on Thursday October 11, following the Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi’s committee report, confirmed 22 commissioners for the National Population Commission, NPC.
The president Buhari’s nominees that were confirmed include Nwanne Nwabusi (Abia), Clifford Zirra (Adamawa), Chidi Ezeoke (Anambra), Isa Buratai (Borno), Charles Ogwa (Cross River), Richard Odibo (Delta), Darlington Onuabuchi (Ebonyi), Olusegun Aiyejina (Edo), Ejike Ezeh (Enugu), Abubakar Danburam (Gombe), Uba Nnabue (Imo), and Suleiman Lawal (Kano).
Others are Jimoh Isah (Kogi), Sa’adu Alanamu (Kwara), Nasir Kwarra (Nasarawa), Aliyu Datti (Niger), Seyi Olusanya (Ogun), Olanadiran Iyantan (Ondo), Mudasiru Hussain (Osun), Cecillia Dapoet (Plateau), Ipalibo Harry (Rivers) and Sale Saany (Taraba).
The lawmakers however, withheld the confirmation of Abdulmalik Durnguwa (Kaduna).
The Senate resolved to stand down Mr Durnguwa’s confirmation after the Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Population and National Identity, Suleiman Hunkuyi complained that the committee found “discrepancies in the nominee’s credentials.”
Though Hunkuyi did not give details about discrepancies discovered, checks by this medium showed that Mr Durnguwa allegedly forged birth certificate in order to avoid NYSC service.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu directed Hunkuyi’s committee to carry out further investigations on the Mr Durnguwa and report back to the senate in four weeks