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NIGERIA: Jonathan Names Eight Ambassadorial Nominees, Drops Oba as FCC Chair

President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday sent the names of eight ambassadorial nominees to the Senate for confirmation.

In another letter, the president sent the names of nominees for another five-year tenure in Federal Character Commission (FCC) and dropped the current chairman of the commission, Prof. Abdulraheem Oba.

The ambassadorial nominees are: Mr. O.F Muoh (Imo); Mrs. T.J Chinwuba-Akabogu (Anambra); Mr. Adamu Emozozo (Edo); Mr. A. Echi (Benue); Mrs. G.M. Quist-Adebiyi (Lagos); Mr. M. Dauda (Borno); Mr. Hakeem O. Sulaiman (Ogun) and Dr. Bolere Ketebu (Bayelsa).

In the letter dated July 4 and addressed to Senate President, Senator David Mark, Jonathan said the nominations were in accordance with Section 171(1)(c) sub-section 4 of the 1999 Constitution.

The president also sought the confirmation of Dr. Adamu Mohammed Fika as Chairman, National Assembly Service Commission and 12 others as members.

The President said the nomination was pursuant to Section 3(4) of the National Assembly Service Commission Act. Cap N7, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

Among the 22 nominees for Federal Character Commission, seven are for re-appointment for a second and final tenure of five years while 16 others are fresh nominees.

In his letter, Jonathan said some members' tenure expired on April 15, 2013 and in line with the provisions of Section 154 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, he was forwarding the nominations for Senate's consideration and confirmation.

He said: "The Federal Character Commission is one of the federal executive bodies under section 153(1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended. By the provision of Part 1,Paragraph 7 of the Third Schedule of the Constitution, the commission shall comprise of a chairman and one person to represent each of the states of the Federation and the (Federal Character Commission) FCT."

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