Senate Seeks Competence, Federal Character Principle In Appointments

The Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against lack of merit in federal appointments.

The Chairman of the Senate panel, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, spoke during the screening of Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi, as Chief Judge designate of High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Bamidele said, “The need for merit and compliance in the consideration of citizens for appointment, including the ones that will come before the Senate for confirmation, must be re-emphasised for the record.

He tasked those who participate in the process of executive and judicial appointments in the country, especially individuals and bodies saddled with the responsibility of making recommendations to the President to ensure compliance with both the eligibility criteria, as well as the Federal character principle.

Bamidele also urged the Nigerian Governors Forum to address the lingering issue of the financial autonomy for the judicial arm of government.

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