Senate Committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and Privileges has started screening of nominees for the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) without recourse to security report on each nominee as required by the act of the bureau.
Two of the 10 nominees were absent, while the eight who appeared for screening were led to the Committee room by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang on Monday.
Committee Chairman and Senator representing Imo Central Senatorial district, Samuel Anyanwu, in his opening address explained that it was a tradition for political appointees facing National Assembly screening to have been firstly screened by the DSS and Police.
He, therefore, sought the leave of the panel to go ahead without security reports. “Distinguished Colleagues, you know we don’t screen nominees without receiving security reports from DSS and Police on each of them, but in this case, we have not. I want to seek your consent as colleagues before we could proceed in anticipation of security reports on nominees”, Anyanwu said.
Responding on behalf of the nominees, Senator Ita Enang assured the Committee that security reports would be made available whenever it was ready, saying that some of the nominees have already been screened.
He explained that nominees have fulfilled section (1) (2 & 4) of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act, adding that they have also consulted their individual Senators who represented them in their Senatorial districts.
Those who were nominated by the then acting President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo to serve as CCB board members are: Dr. Mohammed Isah (Jigawa), Ubolo Okpanachi (Kogi), Mr. Emmanuel Attah (Rivers), Murtala Kankia (Katsina), Mr.Danjuma Sado (Edo), Ken Madaki Alkali (Nasarawa),
Prof. Ogundare Samuel Folorunsho (Oyo) Hon. Ganiyu Hamza (Ogun), Sa’ad Abubakar (Gombe), Vincent Nwanli (Ebonyi). The Committee is expected to submit its report to the Senate for confirmations at plenary sessions.