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Senate confirms NAHCON, NHIA, NPC nominees

The Senate Wednesday confirmed presidential nominees to serve as the Director General of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), commissioners for the National Population Commission,…

The Senate Wednesday confirmed presidential nominees to serve as the Director General of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), commissioners for the National Population Commission, NPC; and the chairman and members of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

The nominees were confirmed after the presentation and consideration of the reports of the Senate Committees on Health (Secondary and Tertiary), National Identity Card and Population, and Foreign Affairs.

Dr Kelechi Ohiri was confirmed as the Director General of NHIA.

The NAHCON nominees confirmed are: Malam Jalal Arabi as the chairman; Aliu AbdulRazak, Commissioner for Policy, Personnel and Finance; Prince Anofiu Elegushi, Commissioner for Operations, and Prof. Abubakar Yagawal, Commissioner for Planning and Research.

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Those approved as commissioners for the NPC include Hon. Emmanuel Eke representing Abia State, Dr Clifford Zirra (Adamawa), Mr Chidi Ezeoke (Anambra), Barrister Isa Buratai (Borno), Bishop Alex Ukam (Cross River), Ms Blessyn Brume-Ataguba (Delta), Dr Jeremiah Nwankwegu (Ebonyi), Dr Tony Aiyejina (Edo), Mr Ejike Ezeh (Enugu), and Mr Abubakar Danburam from Gombe State.

The rest are Prof. Uba Nwabue representing Imo State, Ms Sa’adatu Garba (Kaduna), Dr Aminu Tsanyawa (Kano), Hon. Yori Afolabi (Kogi), Ms Mary Afan (Plateau), Mr Saany Sale (Taraba) and Mr Ogiri Henry from Rivers State.

Representatives of Ogun State, Hon. Olakunle Sobukola and Ondo State, Hon. Temitayo Oluwatiyi, didn’t appear before the committee for screening due to the new appointments offered to them at their respective states, according to the chairman of the Senate Committee on National Identity Card and Population, Abdul Ningi (PDP Bauchi).

Senate President Godswill Akpabio urged the new appointees to justify their appointments by discharging their duties diligently.

 

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