- Senate has ordered Lanre Gbajabiamila, to stop parading himself as the director-general of National Lottery Regulatory Commission without confirmation
- The upper chamber criticised President Buhari for failing to follow due process in appointing Gbajabiamila
- Senator Dino Melaye noted that Gbajabiamila has already started signing documents and carrying out functions of the office
The Senate has ordered Lanre Gbajabiamila to stop parading himself as the director-general of National Lottery Regulatory Commission without confirmation.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Senate on Wednesday, May 17, criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for not following due process in appointing Gbajabiamila.
Sen. Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi) during the plenary cited Section 8(1) of the National Lottery Act 2015 as stipulating that there shall be for the commission, a director-general whom shall be appointed by the president subject to the confirmation of the Senate.
He said: “It is sad to note that a new director general of the National Lottery Commission has not only been appointed by the president but he has resumed office without being confirmed.”
According to the APC senator, Gbajabiamila has started signing documents and carrying out functions of the office of the director general of the commission without referral or confirmation by the Senate.
“We have a list of the likes of the DG of Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission waiting for Senate’s confirmation. The executive arm of government cannot choose which law to obey or which not to obey.
“Why will there be selective respect for the Rule of Law. The Rule of Law must be respected. It is safer to be loyal to the people of Nigeria than to be afraid of the rod of EFCC or the executive.
“We must stand on the truth and we must communicate this misbehaviour and rascality to those concerned,” he said.
Senate president Bukola Saraki in his remarks, said: “the issues were very weighty and were issues that bothered on the constitution, the Rule of Law and our democracy and how we practiced it.
“We have to check if truly whether this gentleman has decided on his own to disregard the law and resume and if that is what he has done, I am sure when that attention has been communicated to him, he will stop that nonsense and wait for confirmation.
“The leader of the Senate should confirm whether what Dino has said is the truth”.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian Senate asked federal government to present the budgets of corporations, agencies and parastatals to the legislature within two weeks.
The Nigerian lawmakers issued the ultimatum at the plenary on Wednesday May 17.
The Senate, following a motion by the Deputy Leader, Bala Na’Allah also resolved that the concerned agencies should stop further spending pending compliance.
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