Senate Confirms Haliru Nababa As New NCS Chief

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The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Mr. Haliru Nababa as the Controller-General CG of the Nigerian Correctional Service NCS.

This follows the consideration and adoption today of the report of the Senate Committee on Interior, chaired by Senator Kashim Shettima of APC, Borno Central.

TheFact Nigeria reports that Senator Shettima, while presenting the report, said Nababa, after a thorough screening, satisfied the requirements of Section 3(2), as contained in the Nigerian Correctional Service Act, 2019.

He said Nababa has no petition against him, does not belong to any political party and is a man of integrity.

Shettima said, ”The nominee, while appearing for screening before the committee, identified lack of adequate supply of arms and ammunitions to curb jail break in the country; lack of adequate funding; inadequate releases of allocations; deltoids toon of Correctional Centres structures as some challenges faced by the Nigerian Correctional Service.”

He added that Nababa further noted that inmates awaiting trials are to be given urgent attention so as to decongest centres, while efforts will be made to acquire more spaces in collaboration with the state governors and other stakeholders.

Former Minister of Interior, Senator Abba Moro, speaking in support of the CG-nominee said that Nababa served under him when the then prison services was facing great challenges and  prisons were attacked in various parts of the country. Because of the professionalism with which he handled the affairs at the time, he (Moro) and the management at Interior wrote a commendation to Nababa. “So when he came up for screening, I didn’t have any hesitation. He is suitable for the job,” Moro said.

The upper chamber today also referred President Buhari’s request, seeking to confirm the appointment of Salamatu Suleiman, as Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, to the relevant committee. and 15 other members, to the relevant committee.

Buhari had sought the Senate’s nod for the confirmation of Joseph Onyemaechi, Mohammed Abubakar, Timi Asiwaju, Sunny Daniel, Idayat Omolara Hassan, Beatrice Jeddy Agba, Umar Salisu, Dafe Adesida, Ahmad Fingilla, Kemi Okeyonda, Femi Okeowo, Agabaidu Jideani, Nella Rabana, Azubuike Nwakwenta, Jamila Isah and Prof. Anthony Ojukwu as members of the commission.

President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, referred the request to the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, following the adoption of a motion for referral moved by the Senate Leader, Senator Abdullahi Abubakar, and seconded by the Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

The committee, headed by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, was given two weeks to screen the nominees and report back to plenary.

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