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The Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service may invite the nominees of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for the board of the National Pension Commission this week for screening.
A member of the panel, who spoke with our correspondent on conditions of anonymity on Sunday in Abuja, however, said his colleagues were not officially aware of any protest against the PenCom acting Director General, Aishat Umar, who has been nominated as the substantive DG.
He said, “Our committee will meet this week and we would invite the nominees for screening. We have not received any official protest from anybody against any of the nominees as we speak.”
Attempts to speak with the Chairman of the committee, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, for the official position of the panel, failed on Sunday as the former Kano State governor could not be reached on phone.
However, the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, who led a protest against Umar’s nomination on the floor of the Senate last week, said the panel would go ahead and clear the nominees if no petition was received against any of them.
“The committee will do its work if there is no petition preventing it from going ahead with the screening,” he said.
Meanwhile, senators who opposed the confirmation of Umar have vowed to achieve their aim.
Our correspondent learnt on Sunday that some South-West and South-East senators have started holding meetings to prevent her appointment
One of the senators told our correspondent on condition of anonymity that the South-East caucus in the National Assembly held a meeting over the issue last week.
He said the members resolved that Mrs Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, who did not complete her term as the DG, is from Anambra State and must be replaced with someone from the South-East geopolitical zone.