Senate confirms Tunde Lemo as FERMA chairman

Tunde-Lemo

Tunde Lemo. PHOTO CREDIT: Independent

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Tunde Lemo, as Chairman of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

At the plenary on Wednesday, the Senate adopted the screening report by the Committee on FERMA, which recommended Lemo and seven others for the board of the agency.

While Nurudeen Rafindadi was confirmed as Managing Director, the Executive Directors are Buba Abdullah, Babagana Aji, Shah Abdullah, Loretta Aniagolu, Mujaidu Dako and Vincent Kolawale.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Magnus Abe, said the panel found the nominees worthy of the appointments during their screening. The lawmakers dissolved into the committee of the whole and considered the recommendations.

The Senate also confirmed the re-appointment of Elias Mbam from Ebonyi State as Chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).

The appointments of 29 other Commissioners in the agency were also confirmed. 

Those confirmed as Commissioners in the Commission by the Senate include Chris Akomas (Abia), Ayang Sunday Okon(Akwa Ibom), Chima Philip Okafor (Anambra), Prof. Isa Mohammed (Bauchi), Samuel Adaa Maagbe (Benue), Ntufam Eyo Nsa Whiley (Cross River), Andrew Ogheneovo Agbaga (Delta), Patrick Mgbebu (Ebonyi) and Victor Eboigbe (Edo).

Others are Amujo Philip Ajayi (Ekiti), Maria Aniobi (Enugu), Musa Abari (FCT), Mohammed Usman (Gombe), Ahmed Mahmoud Gumel (Jigawa), Kabir Muhammad Mashi (Katsina), Barr. Umar Farouk Abdullahi (Kano), Rilwan Hussein Abarshi (Kebbi), Suleiman Kokori Abdul (Kogi), and Abdullahi Shuaibu Yaman (Kwara).

Wright Olusegun Adekunle (Lagos), Aliyu A. Abdulkadir (Nasarawa), Ibrahim Bako Bagudu Shettima (Niger), Fari Adebayo (Ogun), Tokunbo Ajasin (Ondo), Kolade Daniel Abimbola (Oyo), Alexander Shaiyen (Plateau), Wenah Asondu Temple (Rivers), Modu Aji Juluri (Yobe) and Abubakar Sadiq Gusau (Zamfara) were also among the nominees confirmed for the Commission.

The confirmation was sequel to the adoption of the report of the Senate Committee on National Planning and Economic Affairs.

Presenting the committee’s report, Vice Chairman of the panel, Yele Omogunwa (APC, Ondo) revealed that there was no petition against any of the nominees.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in February 2019 forwarded the names of 30 nominees to the Senate for confirmation.