New RMAFC Chairman and Federal Commissioners Confirmed

The Senate of Federal Republic of Nigeria has screened and confirmed the nomination of Engr. Elias Mbam as the Chairman of the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, and 20 other federal commissioners for the organization with two other nominees from Abia and Enugu States still pending.


The Economic Confidential recently disclosed that some of the nominees are for fresh appointments of 5 years in the first instance while others have their appointments renewed for the second tenure after spending the first five-year.

The confirmation followed the adoption of the report of its Committee on National Planning, Economic Affairs and Poverty Alleviation submitted by its chairman, Senator Zaynab Kure.

In the findings of the Economic Confidential most of the commissioners are retired top functionaries in the public and private sectors including former deputy governors, ministers, legislators and chief executive officers of corporate organizations.

The old-age of most of the new members made the Senate to express some reservations. Senator Ahmed Lawan observed that even though he is confident about the ability of the new members, he stressed that future appointments should be done to accommodate younger generations. He said: “We need to inject in the future new blood. Most of the people either graduated in 1972 or 1979. I believe that we will have better commission when we have younger elements and I know they may say they have experience, but today’s financial sector requires fresh brain.”

Abubakar Gada (PDP Sokoto state) added that it is the politicization such appointments at state level that produce old men, all the time. He called for the review of nominee’s appointment methods “other than that, we will continue to recycle old people who will see their nomination as a source livelihood.”

The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other enabling laws empower the Commission to: monitor the accruals into and disbursement of revenue from the Federation Account; review, from time to time, the revenue allocation formula and principles in operation to ensure conformity with changing realities; advise the Federal, State and Local Governments on fiscal efficiency and methods by which their revenue is to be increased; determine the remuneration appropriate to political office holders and discharge such other functions as may by conferred on the Commission by the constitution or any Act of the National Assembly.

By statutory provisions the Commission is a member of the Federation Account Allocation Committee, Local Government Joint Accounts Allocation Committee, Joint Tax Board, Commission on Ecological Fund, and National Council on Statistics.

The enabling laws also empowered the Commission to demand and obtain regular and relevant information, data or returns from any Government Agency including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; Nigerian Customs Service, Federal Board of Inland Revenue, Central Bank of Nigeria, and the Federal Ministry of Finance.

RMAFC Federal Commissioners from Each State

Name                                                 State                          Status

Engr. Elias Mbam                         Chairman                 New
Senator Chris Adeghije                  Abia                       Awaiting Confirmation
Senator Emmanuel Essien              A/Ibom                   New
Ekweogwu Osita                          Anambra                 New
Hon. Aondona Sengev                   Benue                     New
Okeagu Ogada                             bonyi                      New
Pius Akpabior                              Edo                        New
Popoola Afolabi                            Ekiti                       New
Christopher Odika                         Enugu                     “
Amb. Sa’idu Mohammed                Gombe                             Returned for 2nd Tenure
Adamu Mohammed                      Jigawa                    New
Bulus James                                Kadauna                 New
Bala Borodo                                Kano                      New
Tukur Jikamshi                            Katsina                   “
Mr. Ignatius Amodu                      Kogi                     &nb
sp; Returned for 2nd Tenure
Salamotu Gobir                            Kwara                    New
Olufunmilola Otegbola                   Ogun                      New
Otumba Oladeji Ariyibi                   Osun                      Returned for 2nd Tenure
Ademola Adedeji Sina                   Oyo                        New
Yusuf Pam                                  Plateau                   New
Alh. Mohammed E. Enagi               Niger                      “
Major. Gen. Orho Esio Obada         Delta                      “
Engr. Isa Gaidam                         Yobe                      Returned for 2nd Tenure
Amb. Mohammad Jabbi Maradun     Zamfara                 Returned for 2nd Tenure
Perez Bussa                                FCT                        New
Alh. Ahmed Iliyasu                        Bauchi                    A year to finish 2nd Tenure
Alh. Salihu Jega                           Kebbi                      A year to finish 2nd Tenure
Alh. Omokayode Anjorin                Lagos                     A year to finish 2nd Tenure
Barr. Frank Owhor                       Rivers                     More Years to go
Alh. Aliyu Mohammed                   Sokoto                    —
Mr. Polycarp Azige                       Nasawara                —
Alh. Umar Abba Gana                   Borno                     —
Rev. Fagboyegun Ajibola               Ondo                      —
Mr. Emmanuel Teri Vahyala           Adamawa                —
Mr. Gangun Useni                         Taraba                    —
Mr. Nimitenbofa Dambo                Bayelsa                   —
Dr. Casimir Anyanwu                    Imo                        —
Mr. Bolaji A. Anani                       C/Rivers                  —


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