Senate Okays Removal Of FCCPC CEO, Irukera

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The Senate on Wednesday, February 28, approved President Bola Tinubu’s request for the removal of Babatunde Irukera as Chief Executive/Vice-Chairman of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC).

Tinubu had on Monday, January 9, sacked both the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Alex Okoh, and the Executive Vice-Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), Babatunde Irukera with immediate effect.

The resolution of the red chamber followed its consideration and adoption of a motion to that effect moved by the Senate leader, Opeyemi Bamidele (APC-Ekiti Central) that “the Senate do consider the request of Mr. President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the removal of Chief Executive/Vice-Chairman of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) in accordance with Section 8(1)(bb) & (2) of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Act, 2018.”

Senator Osita Ngwu (Enugu West) in his contribution, observed that Irukera had not completed his term of office before he was removed.

However, Senate President Godswill Akpabio in his response reminded him that it was not the duty of the Senate to question the president’s nomination or removal of persons in official positions, but to either approve or reject it.

Senators approved President Tinubu’s removal of Irukera when Akpabio put the matter to voice vote.

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