President Muhammadu has nominated the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase as the new chairman of the Police Service Commission.
The president forwarded Arase’s name to the Senate for confirmation as the new PSC Chairman.
A letter to the Senate which was read on the floor of the Red Chamber on Tuesday by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said the appointment is in accordance with the provision of section 154 (1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
If confirmed by the Senate, Arase will replace the former chairman of the commission, Musiliu Smith as a substantive Chairman of the police service commission.
Arase was appointed by former president Goodluck Jonathan as the 18th Inspector General of Police and he retired about a year after President Buhari assumed office.
In October 2020, Femi Adesina, presidential spokesperson, quoted Buhari as saying he wished he worked with him longer.
“The president told me how much he had been impressed with Arase, and how he regretted that the man spent just about a year with him,” Adesina said.
Meanwhile, President Buhari also forwarded two names to be confirmed as Resident Electoral Commissioners for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The new appointees are Dr. Mahmuda Isah from Kebbi state whose appointment is for renewal and Dr. Mann Omobayi Alli from Ondo State who is for a new appointment.
Another letter received by the Senate contained the names of 5 people appointed as members of the Code of Conduct Bureau including; Murtala A. Kankia from Katsina to represent (North West); Zephaniah Ishaku Bulus from Nasarawa to represent (North Central) and Farouq Umar from Yobe state to represent (North East).
Others are, Abdulsalam Taofiq Olawale from Ondo State to represent (South West) and Prof. Juwayriya Badamasiuy from Kogi State to represent (North Central).
Buhari, therefore, urged the Senate to consider and confirm all the appointments in the usual expeditious manner.
The Senate is however yet to take any legislative action on the letters for the various appointments as senators are eager to suspend plenary to join the campaign train of their various political parties for the forthcoming general elections.