Senate Confirms Adamu, Nami For AMCON, FIRS
The Senate yesterday confirmed the appointment of Muhammad Nami as the Chairman of the board of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
The Upper Chamber also approved the appointment of Mr. Edward Adamu as the new Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).
The confirmation of Nami who is from the North Central geopolitical zone, and other members of the FIRS’ board came seven years after it was dissolved.
The resolution of the Senate followed the consideration and approval of the report of the Senator Solomon Adeola-led Senate Committee at plenary in Abuja.
The FIRS board was dissolved in 2012 and the various helmsmen of the agency managed it without a substantive board.
Other members of the FIRS board confirmed by the Senate included James Yakwen Ayuba (North Central), Ado Danjuma (North West), Adam Baba Mohammed (North East), Ikeme Osakwe (South East), Adewale Ogunyomade (South West), and Ehile Adetola Aibangbee (South South.
Others, who are representatives of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAS) of the Federal Government in the board are: Ladidi Bara’atu Mohammed (Attorney General of the Federation Office), Godwin Emefiele (Central Bank of Nigeria), Fatima Hayatu (Ministry of Finance), Maagbe Adaa (Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission), Umar Ajiya (Nigerian National Petroleum Commission), DCG T. M. Isah (Nigeria Customs Service) and the Registrar General of the Corporate Affairs Commission.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in a letter on December 9, requested the Senate to confirm the appointment of Nami as the Executive Chairman of the FIRS and 13 members of the board.
Adamu’s confirmation followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other financial institutions presented by its Chairman, Senator Uba Sani.
Meanwhile, the Senate, also approved the sum of N140,383,591,000 as the 2020 budget for the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Also approved was the sum of N11,594,920,847 for the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) for 2020.
The approvals followed the consideration of the reports of the Senate Committee on Communications during plenary.
Chairman of the Communications Committee, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, represented by the Senator representing Niger South, Mohammed Bomai, gave details of the NCC’s budget at plenary.
According to Senator Tinubu, the Commission would expend, the sum of N39,297,044,000 is for recurrent expenditure and N20,863,699,000 for special projects.
She added that out of the total budget for the Commission, the sum of N8,129,462,000 is for capital expenditure, N64,208,446,000 for Transfer to Federal Government, and N7,500,000,000 as Transfer to the Universal Service Provision Fund.
Out of the N11billion approved for the USPF by the upper chamber, N2,354,055,799 is for recurrent expenditure, N196,108,610 for capital expenditure and N9,044,756,438 for USPF projects and programmes.