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Senate confirms 2 appointees for Electricity, Rights Commissions

Senate has confirmed the nomination of Mr. Anthony Ojukwu as the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Similarly, the Senate also confirmed the nomination of Professor James Momoh for appointment as Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

The confirmation of both Ojukwu and Momoh followed separate consideration of the reports of the Senate Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters; and Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy.

Report of the Committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters presented by its Vice Chairman, Senator Babajide Omoworare, said Ojukwu was found fit to hold the position of the Executive Secretary of the NHRC after his screening by the committee.

He said the committee, having screened the nominee and being satisfied about his exposure, experience, performance, qualifications and competence hereby recommends that the Senate do confirm the nomination of Mr. Anthony Okechukwu Ojukwu for appointment as the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission.

Senator Omoworare stated that the committee’s findings showed that there is no adverse report against the nominee, as record checks and other forms of investigations by security agencies, did not reveal any negative trace against him.

He added that Ojukwu is a legal practitioner of over 30 years post call experience, who also possesses the requisite knowledge, qualifications and exposure, particularly on human rights issues.

The committee, therefore, submitted that the confirmation of the nominee by the Senate will not only fill the void that was created by the departure of the former Executive Secretary who served out his term since December 2016 but will also protect the image and integrity of Nigeria in the comity of nations.

Similarly, the confirmation of Momoh as the NERC chairman followed presentation of report of the Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy by its Chairman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

In his remarks, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, congratulated the duo for their positions well deserved.

Senator Ekweremadu urged them to live up to expectation in view of the various challenges facing the respective bodies.

According to him, Ojukwu is coming when Nigeria is challenged by the rights to live. The commission should focus on that to ensure that those who infringe on the rights of others are brought to book.

They must rise up to the occasion. We will give the necessary support including budgetary support to live up to expectations.

The Deputy President of the Senate also congratulated Professor Momoh and expect him to live up to expectation in view of the challenges in the power sector.

Source: Voice of Nigeria