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Tinubu swears in 17 NPC commissioners


President Bola Tinubu administered the oath of office to 17 commissioners of the National Population Commission on Wednesday, just before the commencement of the week’s Federal Executive Council meeting.

Nine of the commissioners were re-appointed for a second term, while eight others were newly appointed and sworn in.

The swearing-in ceremony took place in three batches at the Council Chamber of the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.

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Emmanuel Eke (Abia), Chidi Ezeoke (Anambra), Alex Ukam (Cross River), Blessyn Brume-Maguha (Delta), and Jeremiah Nwankwegu (Ebonyi) were among those newly sworn in.

Others include Sa’adatu Garba (Kaduna), Aminu Tsanyawa (Kano), Yori Afolabi (Kogi), Mary Afan (Plateau), and Ogiri Henry (Rivers).

Those returning for another term are Isa Buratai (Borno), Tony Alyejina (Edo), Clifford Zirra (Adamawa), Ejike Ezeh (Enugu), Abubakar Damburam (Gombe), Uba Nnabue (Imo), and Sani Sale (Taraba).

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During the FEC meeting, President Tinubu led members in observing a minute of silence in honor of the late former Minister of State for Health, Gabriel Aduku, who passed away at the age of 80.

President Tinubu highlighted Aduku’s significant contributions to the health sector during his tenure. He noted that Aduku played a crucial role in formulating policies that have positively impacted Nigeria’s healthcare system.

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Tinubu also recognized Aduku’s role in developing the 13% derivation formula, which is enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.

In attendance at the FEC meeting were Vice President Kashim Shettima, Chief of Staff Femi Gbajabiamila, Secretary to the Government of the Federation George Akume, and Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, along with ministers, special advisers, and other council members.