ABUJA – The Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) , has slated the screening of Professor Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Commission for another five year tenure in office for Thursday by 2:00pm .
The Chairman of the Committee , Senator Kabiru Gaya ( APC Kano South), informed Journalists of the planned screening exercise after submission of report of 2021 budget estimates of the commission to the Senate Committee on Appropriation .
Senator Gaya in the interview said since the Senate has given the committee , Tuesday next week for submission of report on screening of the re-appointed INEC Chairman and nomination of Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru from Kebbi State as National Commissioner , the exercise will be expeditiously carry out .
” In given the assignment expeditious consideration , the committee has slated Thursday , 26th November , 2020 for the screening exercise .
” Precisely the re- nominated Chairman of the Commission , Professor Mahmood Yakubu is to face our committee by 2:00 pm for the required drilling , the outcome of which will determine the report to be submitted to the Senate on Tuesday “,he said .
Earlier while submitting report on the 2021 budget proposals made for the commission to the Senator Jibrin Barau led Appropriation Committee , Senator Gaya informed the Committee that N550million was added to the proposals submitted to address acute housing and office accommodation facing the commission .
When the Chairman of the committee , Jibrin Barau along with the Deputy Chairman , Senator Stella Oduah asked Gaya where the N550million is to be sourced from , he said it would be taken from outstanding balance of monies appropriated for the commission in 2020 .