• Service Chiefs Assures On December Deadline
The Senate finally approved and confirmed the newly appointed service chiefs, after nearly a five-hour closed-door screening session with the uniformed men.
The Senate yesterday finally approved and confirmed the newly appointed service chiefs, after nearly a five-hour closed-door screening session with the uniformed men. This is even as the newly confirmed service chiefs have assured that the December deadline issued by President Muhamnadu Buhari to end insurgency in the North-East would be met.
They include: Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, who was confirmed as the Chief of Defence Staff; Major General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, who was confirmed as the Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, who was confirmed as the Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshall Sadique Baba Abubakar, who was confirmed as the Chief of Air Staff.
The UNION reports that the screening exercise, which was shelved last Thursday, began at about 11:20 p.m. and lasted till about 4:08 p.m. Speaking, after the confirmation of the service chiefs, the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, tasked them to work hard on the issue of procurement procedure in the Armed Forces with a view to rooting out corruption in this process. “It is clear that the appointment is based on merit.
Their appointment as we all see is coming at a very crucial time with a lot challenges, particularly the insurgents in the North- East and some of the other security issues. For example, the issue of oil theft that we talked about when they came before us. “We hope that during their period of time, they will take up the responsibility required.
We are all keen to restore the image and reputation of the Armed Forces. I believe that what we are starting today with their confirmation is the beginning of that journey to restore the glory of the Armed Forces of our great country. “It is very important also as we emphasised to them on the issue of procurement procedure in the Armed Forces.
It is an area that they must work hard to root out corruption in this process. We must leave behind those days where basic equipment and all these issues that we believe should be available for our men and women out there should be made available,” Saraki said. It would be recalled that the screening of the appointed service chiefs, which was earlier scheduled to take place last week Wednesday by the Senate, was rescheduled for yesterday (Tuesday).
The UNION reports that the postponement followed an invitation of Saraki to the pulling out parade (POP) in honour of the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, which was scheduled to hold the same day (last Thursday) at the Mogadishu Cantonment Parade Ground. Saraki had earlier announced at Wednesday’s Plenary that the Senate would carryout the screening of the service chiefs at Thursday’s Plenary session.
But hours, after the announcement, the Office of the Senate President was invited by the Chief of Defence Staff for the parade “A pulling out parade is being planned in honour of the former CDS, Air Chief Marshal AS Badeh CFR to mark his formal disengagement from Service. I am directed to respectfully invite the Senate President attend the occasion.
Please accept the assurances and esteemed regards of the CDS,” the invitation, which was signed by Major General MA Koleoso for the CDS, read. Fielding questions from the Senate correspondents, Chairman of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Publicity, Senator Dino Meleya, disclosed that screening of the service chiefs took so much time because of the huge expectation from Nigerians on bringing insurgency in the North-East to an end within the shortest time frame.