The Senate has directed the Police Service Commission and the Nigeria Police Force to recruit a minimum of 10 candidates from each of the 774 local government councils in Nigeria.

The directive, according to the Upper Chamber, should form part of its annual recruitment processes.

The resolution was reached as a result of a motion moved by Senator Emmanuel, Udende Memga representing Benue North East, on the need for the Police Service Commission and the Nigeria Police Force, to adhere to the Federal Character Principle in the recruitment of constables in the Nigerian Police Force.

The Upper Chamber also directed the Committees on Police Affairs and Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance.

This development comes as a bill for an act to establish the National Assembly Budget and Research Office, scaled second reading on Thursday.

If eventually passed, the bill sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Barau Jibrin, will provide the National Assembly with objective, timely and non-partisan analysis needed for economic and budget decisions.


Still at the Senate….

The upper chamber of the National Assembly has confirmed four out of five nominees as members of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

During plenary on Thursday, the Upper Chamber said the approval was in line sections 6(1), (2) (d) and 10 of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act, 2007.

The confirmation follows the submission and consideration of a report by the Chairman of the Committee on Banking, Insurance & Other Financial Institutions, Senator Adetokunbo Abiru representing Lagos East.

Initially, the candidates billed to appear before the Upper Chamber were Robert Agbede, Ado Yakubu Wanka, Professor Murtala Sabo Sagagi-Urum, Kalu Eke, and Muslimat Olanike Aliyu.

However, the Chairman of Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, Senator Adetokunbo Abiru in his report, explained that only four had appeared for the screening exercise.

The Southeast nominee, Urum Kalu Eke did not attend the session.