President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, November 24, penned a letter to the Senate seeking approval for the confirmation of Professor Mahmoud Yakubu for a second term in office as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Senate President Ahmad Lawan read the letter regarding the re-confirmation of Yakubu on Tuesday; at the resumption of legislative proceedings after a one month recess.
1st News gathered that in the letter, President Buhari solicited for the lawmakers’ expeditious consideration of his request; for another five-year tenure for Mahmoud as INEC Chairman.
Earlier in November, Yakubu handed over his duties as chairman of the electoral body to Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Muazu at an event held at INEC headquarters in Abuja.
Ahmed is currently acting in that capacity pending when the Senate confirms the reappointment of Professor Yakubu as INEC chairman by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Muazu has however assured that the departure of Professor Mahmood Yakubu and other National Commissioners from the commission will not affect electoral activities.
He said this during an interactive session with election stakeholders in Bayelsa State; ahead of the December 5 bye-elections in the state.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, on Monday, November 23; explained the reason the Federal Government has refused to terminate the appointment of the workforce at the nation’s four refineries.
Sylva explained that though the refineries are not working at the moment; the option is not to sack the workers because it is no fault of theirs that the refineries run by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation have been shut down.
For several years, Nigeria has been importing the bulk of its refined petroleum products; as a result of the inability of its refineries to refine crude oil produced within the country.
Yet, a total of N81.41bn was expended on Nigeria’s refineries between January and August this year; even though the facilities refined no drop of crude oil all through this period, according to NNPC data.
1st News had reported the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company; Port Harcourt Refining Company; and Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company posted a cumulative revenue of N6.54bn during the eight-month period.
With revenue of N6.54bn and a total expense of N81.41bn, the facilities ended up with a deficit of N78.87bn; according to figures contained in the just-released August 2020 report of the NNPC.