Screening of M'fon Akpan as FIRS boss faces hurdle in Senate

November 28, 2013 9:48 PM

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WorldStage Newsonline-- The nomination of Mrs. M'fon Akpan by President Goodluck Jonathan for appointment as chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) suffered a setback in the upper chamber on Thursday.

Although most Northern Senators insisted that the rejection of the referral was the end of the nomination of Akpan, Chairman Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, said that the nomination was still pending on the floor of the Senate.

When Senate Leader Victor Ndoma-Egba had moved that the consideration of the nomination be deferred to another legislative day, Senator Kabiru Marafa (Zamfara Central) opposed it.

Marafa who came under Rule 45 of the Senate Standing Orders 2011 argued that a motion to defer a matter to another legislative day can only be approved by a vote of two-third of the Senate.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the session ruled Marafa out of order saying it had not come to the time of raising an objection.

Obviously taken aback, Ekweremadu called on the Senate Leader to move the motion for the nomination to be forwarded to the relevant committee for necessary legislative action.


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