Senate confirms Buhari’s nominee despite ‘certificate controversy’ – By Bakare Majeed

Senate confirms Buhari’s nominee despite ‘certificate controversy’ – By Bakare Majeed

The Nigerian Senate, Thursday, October 18, confirmed the nomination of Abdulmalik Danburam as a Commissioner for the National Population Commission after his name was sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The confirmation process was suspended by the Senate last week due to discrepancies in the credentials of the nominee. The Senate consequently directed the Chairman, Senate Committee on National Identity Card and National Population Commission, Suleiman Hunkuyi, to cross-check Danburam’s certificate with the institutions he attended as captured on his CV.
At the resumption of consideration of the report of the committee, Sen. Hunkuyi revealed that his Committee received relevant letters to show that Danburam duly completed his education and recommended him for the confirmation.

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“We requested the nominee to come before the Committee and reappear yesterday with two letters; one from the Ministry of Education in Katsina State where he attended secondary school and another letter from the school itself.
Those two letters were considered by the Committee and the recommendation is that the Committee is satisfied with the nominee and he should be confirmed by the Senate,” Sen. Hunkuyi told the Senate.
Despite the recommendation of the Committee that Danburam be confirmed, the Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Biodun Olujimi pointed to another suspicion on the academic qualifications of the nominee.
“There is a need to look at the document further. The candidate was born 1964 and he was able to finish his school certificate in 1978. If you look at his Teacher’s Training Couse (TTC), his Grade 2, he finished in 1984 and then he did the NDE almost immediately after and the gap between when he left school and when he did his NCE is almost ten years.
If he was so intelligent, he would not have done his NCE in ten years and NDE, the same year. There is something wrong with this and we need to sort it out before we proceed,” she said.

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However, several lawmakers from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), pleaded that the nominee should be confirmed.
Senator Barau Jibrin (APC, Kano) and Senator Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi) dismissed Sen. Olujimi’s concerns and pleaded with the Senate to confirm the nominee and he was duly confirmed, amidst the usual ‘nay’ shout from members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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