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Buhari tenders EFCC’s new board members’ list before senate

By News Desk

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate to confirm the appointment of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) new board members, to aid the commission’s anti-graft war.

Those appointed by the president as members of the board were George Abang, who would serve as the secretary, Lukman Mohammed, Kola Adeshina, and Mohammed Yahaya.

The president noted that the appointment of the members were in accordance with the Act that established the anti-corruption agency.

Buhari’s request before the lawmakers was contained in a letter read by President of Senate, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary on Tuesday.

The letter reads: “In accordance with the provision of Section 2 (1) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) (Establishment) Act 2004, I hereby forward for confirmation by the Senate the under listed nominees as Board Members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,” Buhari said.

“The nominees’ CVs are attached herewith. While hoping that the Senate will consider and confirm the nominees in the usual expeditious manner please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration”.

Apart from the confirmation of the new EFCC board members, the issue of the President’s fresh loan request came up before the Senate.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly referred the fresh request by President Buhari to borrow $4billion and 710 million pounds to its committee on Local and Foreign Loans.

During the plenary, the lawmakers directed the committee to investigate the essence of the new request to economic development and to report next week.

The deliberation came barely a week after the President approached the National Assembly for approval to borrow the sum of $4,054,476,863 billion and €710 million.

The President had explained that owing to “emerging needs”, there is a need to raise more funds for some “critical projects”, and this was not the first time President Buhari is writing to the National Assembly to request approval for external loans this year.

It would be recalled that earlier in the year, he requested the sum of N2.343 trillion which according to him, was meant to part-finance the budget deficit of N5.602 trillion in the 2021 budget.

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