UPDATED: Jonathan nominates FRSC boss, Chidoka, one other as minister

Osita Chidoka

The Nigerian senate has received communication from President Goodluck Jonathan nominating the Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Osita Chidoka, and  Abubakar Olanrewaju from Kwara, as ministers.

If confirmed by the senate, Mr. Chidoka, an indigene of Anambra state, would replace in the Federal cabinet the former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, who was removed from her post after media reports accused her of abuse of office.

He has been nominated Ms. Oduah’s replacement ahead of former Governor Peter Obi who, though a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, was repeatedly touted for the slot.

Mr. Osita’s second tenure as head of Nigeria’s road safety agency ends in June 2015.

Mr. Olarenwaju, a lecturer at the Department of Political Science of the University of Abuja, would be replacing former Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi in the federal executive council.

He is a surprise nominee as the names of Gbemisola Saraki, a former senator,  and Dele Belgore, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), have repeatedly been touted for the post.

The President only on Wednesday sworn in four new ministers – Ibrahim Shekarau (Education), Adedayo Adeyeye (Minister of State for Works) Stephen Oru (Niger Delta) and Abdul Bulama (Science and Technology).

President Jonathan also forwarded to the senate the names of Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Acting Director-General, National Pension Commission (PENCOM) and Ebenezer Fobi, for confirmation to the Senate as director-general and commissioner South-South zone.

The Pension Reform Act states that the commission shall comprise a part time chairman, director-general, four commissioners and seven part-time members.

The Act also provides that the appointment of the chairman, the director-general and other members of the commission, other than ex-officio members, shall be made by the president subject to confirmation by the Senate.

Mr. Jonathan said the request was in line with the provisions of the Pension Reform Act 2004, following the expiration term of the acting director-general of PENCOM and the commissioner representing South-South.

He expressed the hope that the request would receive the usual expeditious consideration and confirmation of the Senate.




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