The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Abdulmalik Mohammed Durunguwa from Kaduna State as a commissioner at the National Population Commission (NPC).
The confirmation followed the adoption of the report of the Committee on National Identity Card and National Population Commission headed by Sen Uthman Suleiman Hunkuyi (PDP, Kaduna)
The nomination of Durunguwa was dropped last week when Hunkuyi’s committee said it discovered some discrepancies in his certificates.
However, presenting the report at yesterday’s plenary, Hunkuyi said the nominee had cleared the committee’s doubts by presenting certificates from both the Katsina State Ministry of Education and the secondary school which he attended.
But soon after the Senate resolved into the Committee of Whole to consider the report, Minority Leader Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti) raised an observation to the effect that the nominee was born in 1967 and obtained his school certificate in 1976.
But in countering her, Sen Jibrin Barau (APC, Kano) said: “We should look at issues in national interest. We have intelligent people that finish their primary school at ten. The committee approved the nomination after going through the papers.”
Also, Sen Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi) said since the committee did due diligence on the nominee, the nomination should be confirmed.
Contributing, Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe) said: “The chairman of this committee is a thorough person, and I know he did a thorough work. I also did my work underground. The schools confirmed that he passed through there.”
Senate President Bukola Saraki put the question on whether to confirm the nominee or not, majority of the senators supported the confirmation.