Senate confirms Aliyu Abubakar as member of NCC board


The Senate on Thursday, approved the appointment of Aliyu Abubakar, as a non-executive commissioner on the board of the National Communications Commission, NCC.

He was first nominated for the same position but was rejected by the Senate over shady academic records under the Bukola Saraki-led eight Senate in 2016.

The former chairman of the Committee on Communications, Gilbert Nnaji, had said Abubakar’s response to the questions and issues raised by the Committee unveils him as a candidate who is not prepared for the demands of office such as required Commissioners of the NCC.

“Mr. Aliyu Saidu Abubakar could not produce any credible educational certificate for the Committee to verify at the screening. He obviously lacks the professional and educational disciplines provided in Section 7 (1)(a-h) of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003 which stipulates the qualification for the Commission’s Board,” he told the Senate in 2016.

He was, however, confirmed on Thursday after the Senate adopted the report of the Ad-Hoc committee on the Screening of Presidential Nominees. The report was resented by the chairman of the committee, Teslim Kolawole, who recommended that Abubakar should be confirmed.

Other nominees confirmed by the Senate were Uba Maska (Executive Commissioner), Professor Millionaire Abowei (Non Executive Commissioner) and Abdulazeez Salman (Non-Executive Commissioner)

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