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Senate probes ‘illegal’ appointment of NYSC DG

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Senate on Tuesday asked its Committee on Sports and Youth Development to investigate if the recent appointment of a new Director-General for the National Youth Service Corps by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, was in order.

Buratai had recently appointed Sani Ibrahim to replace Sule Kazaure as the NYSC DG.

This development was sequel to an adopted order 42 and 52 Senate rule moved by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West.

Melaye in presenting his motion said it was unconstitutional for Buratai to have made the said appointment as it was in breach of the provision of the 1999 constitution as amended.

He said, “The NYSC Act, Section 5, says there shall be a service to be headed by a person called the Director-General, to be appointed by the President.

“Surprisingly, the Chief of Army Staff removed the Director-General through a signal and, through another signal, appointed another one.

“The law doesn’t confer the power of appointing NYSC DG  on anybody, but the President. The last DG and all other past DGs were appointed by sitting Presidents.

“If we allow this, the announcement of the Senate President can come from the Federal Road Safety and replacement may come from the same institution.”

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