- The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Kingsley Obiora as CBN's deputy governor
- The appointment of Zikrullah Hassan as the head of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria
- Other nominees of the commission were also confirmed by the Senate
The Senate has confirmed the appointments of some key nominees recently submitted before it by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The appointments were confirmed during the plenary on Thursday, January 30.
One of the appointments confirmed by the lawmakers is that of Kingsley Obiora who was nominated by President Buhari as the deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Another nominee whose appointment was also confirmed is Zikrullah Hassan whom President nominated to head the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria.
The Senate also confirmed the appointments of other nominees of the Hajj commission. See their names attached in the tweet below:
Meanwhile, Legit.ng notes that the Senate on Thursday also deliberated on some critical issues facing the country such as the security challenges.
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Earlier, Hassan had promised to slash the Hajj fares if his appointment was confirmed by the Senate.
Addressing the Senate during his screening, Hassan said the current hajj fares is unaffordable and needed to be reviewed downward.
He explained that such move will allow Nigerian masses who wish to perform holy pilgrimage to do so. Intending Hajj pilgrims about to leave for Saudi Arabia.
Hassan also said he will introduce a Hajj savings scheme which will make intending pilgrims to save in tranches ahead of the pilgrimage time.
The nominee who is now the substantive chairman said that he would ensure a reduction in the number of days spent by Nigerians in Saudi Arabia during the pilgrimage, noting that Nigerians stay too long than necessary.
In a similar development, the president approved the appointment of Nuhu as the new director-general of the NCAA.
He is an airline pilot, a safety expert, a quality assurance lead auditor as well as an artificial intelligence expert.
Also, in a letter to the Senate, President Buhari on Tuesday, January 28, revealed when the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board will be formed.
President Buhari said that the recomposition of the board will be done at the end of the ongoing forensic audit of the commission which is being carried out by the interim management committee.
In other news, President Buhari has been accused of marginalising the southwest geopolitical region of Nigeria in terms of appointments into public offices.
The allegation was made on Tuesday, January 28, by the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams.
Legit.ng gathered that the Aare alleged while speaking in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti state during the 6th world congress of the Oodua Progressives Union (OPU), that Buhari’s government is tainted with nepotism.
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