Senate investigates ‘unlawful’ appointment of new NYSC DG

 

The Senate Committee on Youth and Sports has been given one week to probe the arrangement of Shuaibu Ibrahim as the new Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

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Dino Melaye (Kogi-PDP), who moved the motion for the probe, said the arrangement was an ‘infraction’ of existing laws.

Mr Ibrahim’s appointment was announced via a statement signed by the Army spokesperson, Sagir Musa, on April 26.

The announcement noticed that the former DG, Sulaiman Kazaure, had been sent to the Nigerian Army Resource Center as Senior Resource Person.

In his discussion, Mr Melaye contended that the arrangement of a NYSC DG was the sole obligation of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He stated, “There has been an infraction executed by the Chief of Army staff in selecting another Director-General for the NYSC. As indicated by Section 5 of the NYSC Act, A Director-General is to be designated by the President. The Chief of Army Staff through flag expelled the DG of NYSC and through flag designated his substitution.

“The Act offered authority to the President. Past Directors-General were named by the President. We are not in a banana republic. NYSC isn’t a formation of the Nigerian Army yet on the authorization of the National Assembly.”

His prayer, that the Senate Committee on Youth and Sports investigate the issue, was adopted via a voice vote.

An additional prayer by Mao Ohuabunwa (Abia-PDP) that the appointment should be reversed was rejected by the lawmakers.

“Let the committee establish if this is what happened and we will work based on the committee’s recommendation,” Senate President, Bukola Saraki, ruled on the prayer.

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