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South East nominee turns down CBN board appointment as Senate confirms others

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Urum Kalu Eke, a South Eastern nominated member of the Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN) Board of Directors, has turned down his appointment as the Senate confirmed the appointments of four others.

The Senate received the notification of the rejection of the appointment of membership of the CBN Board of Directors on Thursday during the confirmation of appointments of four other nominees by the Senate.

Urum Kalu Eke is from Abia State.

Senator Adetokunbo Abiru, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, had, in a report presentation for confirmation of the nominees by the Senate after the screening exercise, informed the House that Mr Urum Kalu Eke didn’t attend the session.

Abiru told the Senate that four other nominees, Mr Robert Agbede, Professor Murtala Sabo Sagagi, Mr Ado Yakubu Wanka and Mrs Muslimat Olanike Aliyu, appeared before the committee for screening and proved their qualifications for the appointments.

Afterwards, he urged the Senate to proceed to confirm the appointments of the four nominees who were present at the screening session and decline that of Kalu Eke, who didn’t attend the screening exercise.

However, for clarity on the rejection, a member of the Committee, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu (APC Abia North), rose to inform the Senate that Urum Kalu Eke, who is his constituent, called him that he was not interested in the appointment.

Senator Kalu said his constituent, Urum Eke, is a consultant to the World Bank and other international financial institutions; therefore, he would not have the time to function well as one of the Directors of CBN.

He said, “Mr President, I’m a member of the committee that carried out screening on nominees forwarded to the Senate for appointment as members of the Board of Directors of CBN by President Bola Tinubu.

“During the screening exercise, Urum Kalu Eke from Abia North called me for not attending the session.

“He said as a consultant to the World Bank and other international financial institutions, he wouldn’t take the appointment to avoid conflict of interest.”

 

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