Buhari seeks confirmation for boards of Upstream Regulatory Commission, Petroleum Regulatory Authority, EFCC

By Sanni Onogu, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has requested the Senate to confirm his nominees as members of the Board of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority.

The President, in another letter to the Upper Chamber, also sought the confirmation of the Board of the (petroleum) Upstream Regulatory Commission.

Buhari also urged the Upper Chamber to consider and confirm members for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) board.

He said the request for confirmation of the Chairman, Chief Executive and Executive Directors of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority was made in accordance with the provision of Section 34(3) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021.

The nominees for confirmation into the Nigerian Midstream and Downs Petroleum Regulatory Authority are: Idaere Gogo Ogan (Chairman); Engr. Sarki Auwalu (Chief Executive); Abiodun A. Adeniji (Executive Director, Finance and Accounts); and Ogbugo Ukoha (Executive Director, Distributions Systems, Storage and Retail Infrastructure).

Buhari in a separate letter said he relied on the provision of Section 11(3) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, to request the Senate to confirm the appointment of four nominees as Chairman, Chief Executive and Executive Commissioners to the Board of the (petroleum) Upstream Regulatory Commission.

The nominees for confirmation are: Isa Ibrahim Modibo (Chairman); Engr. Gbenga Komolafe (Chief Executive); Hassan Gambo (Executive Commissioner, Finance and Accounts); and Ms Rose Ndong (Executive Commissioner, Exploration and Acreage Management).

According to the President, both requests for the confirmation of the board’s membership were made “in order to fast track the process for the establishment of the Commission”.

In similar vein, Buhari urged the Senate to confirm the appointment of the Secretary and members of the board of the EFCC.

The President explained that the request for the confirmation of the nominees was made in accordance with the provision of section 2(1) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004.

Those to be confirmed as members of the EFCC board include Mr. George Abbah Ekpungu as Secretary from Cross River; Luqman Muhammed (Edo); Anumba Adaeze (Enugu); Alhaji Kola Raheem Adesina (Kwara); and Alhaji Yahaya Muhammad (Yobe).

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