Council of State Approves FG's Economic Policies, Approves Six INEC Commissioners, IGP

September 7, 2016, 6:41 pm

‎The National Council of State on Wednesday said it approved the steps being taken by the Federal Government to revive the economy.

The council also approved the appointment of six commissioners for the Independent National Electoral Commission.

It also approved the appointment of the Inspector General of Police‎, Ibrahim Idris.

All these were disclosed yesterday by the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode who briefed State House Correspondents at the end of the council meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari.‎

The governor of Jigawa State, Abubakar Badaru ‎who was also at the briefing provided the details on the confirmation of the IGP.

‎Ambode said: "We deliberated on the appointment of six national commissioners for INEC. You know INEC is supposed to have twelves commissioners. We had earlier approved 6 sometimes last year and additional 6 were actually approved today. And those six represents six nominees from the six geo-political zones.

"You may also wish to know that we approved five new commissioners for the National Population Commission, (NPC) in addition to what was actually approved for INEC."

He gave the names of the new INEC commissioners as Mohammed Haruna (North Central); AVM Ahmed Tijani Mu'Azu rtd (North East); Abubakar Nahuca (North West); Professor Okechukwu Ibanu (South East); May Agbamuche-Mbu (South South) and Dr. Adekunle Ladipo Ogumola ( South West).

The names of the new NPC commissioners are‎: Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji (Oyo); Barr. Patricia Iyaya (Benue), Egr. Benedict Ukpong (Akwa Ibom), Dr. Halu Bala (Kebbi), and Gloria Isofo (Bayelsa).

The Jigawa State Governor who briefed on a meeting of the National Police Council which was also held at the State House yesterday said ‎the appointment of the IGP was unanimously accepted

He said: "So, the police council did resolve to confirm the Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris."

During questions and answers,‎ journalists demanded to know if the prevailing economic situation was discussed.

Responding‎, Ambode said: "The council was also briefed on the state of the economy. The minister of state from the ministry of budget and planning actually made a presentation to council on the ways and manner in which the federal government is approaching the way to rescue the recession path that we are going through.

"Council was confident and also approved the measures the federal government is putting in to ensure that Nigeria goes on the path of recovery as quickly as possible."

He however would not go into specifics. However, he said‎ council members made suggestions to the Federal Government.

He said:  "It was also resolved that those suggestions be imputed into whatever it is that the federal government is doing in order for us to fast rack our recovery."

In his contribution, the Jigawa State Governor said:‎ "Majorly, there is a very good focus on the diversification of the economy. Serious focus on agriculture, solid mineral development as well."

On what is expected of the IGP, the governor said: "Most of the comments received proved to us that the IGP is of impeccable character and we expect him to conduct himself as such.

"We believe he is very honest and transparent. We also believe he will continue to be honest and do his best for the country."

Ambode however said the IGP would still appear before the Senate for confirmation.

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