Senate confirms nomination of Shaba as DG NSRDA

The Senate Wednesday confirmed the of Dr Halilu Shaba as the Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency.

The confirmation followed the presentation and consideration of a report of the Committee Science and Technology Chairman, Sen.Uche Ekwunife (PDP -Anambra Central) at plenary Wednesday.

President Muhammadu Buhari  had March 2, the Senate to confirm Shaba as DG NASRDA.

the letter, Buhari urged the lawmakers to give his request an accelerated consideration.

Ekwunife, while presenting the report said the nominee had shown evidence of more than 21 years of post-doctoral research experience space science, six years above the minimum requirements to be appointed director general of NSRDA.

She said the nominee was cleared Nigerian Police, Department of State (DSS) as eligible for appointment.

Ekwunife maintained the nominee provided evidence of tax clearance and code of conduct acknowledgement slip.

She explained the committee interrogated the nominee on general matters of space science, adding that the nominee responded satisfactory to the questions raised.

According to her, the nominee displayed high level of expertise on space science technology and demonstrated capacity to head the space agency.

She said the committee was ultimately satisfied with the qualifications, performance and suitability of the nominee for the position.

“The committee is convinced the nominee is eminently qualified to hold the position he is being nominated for and accordingly hereby recommends him for confirmation of Senate,’’ Ekwunife said.

Other senators, supported the confirmation of the nominee, included Sen. Sabi Abdulahi (APC -Niger and Deputy Leader of Senate Sen. Borofice Ajayi (APC -Ondo).

Borofice his contribution said NSRDA had been struggling to regain its position terms of credibility, production and productivity of space technology.

He said the nominee, if appointed would be able to move the agency forward, while urging senators to support confirmation of the nominee.

He, therefore, urged the Senate to confirm his .

The Senate, after a voice vote confirmed the of Halilu Ahmad Shaba for appointment as Director General of NSRDA.(NAN)