The Senate on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem as the President of the Court of Appeal, NEWS FLAKES NG reports.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in a letter urged the Senate to approve the nomination of Justice Dongban-Mensem as the PCA.
She was confirmed after a report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.
Bamidele said no petition was received against her nomination.
“The nominee is a fit and proper person for appointment as the President of the Court of Appeal. The Committee recommends that the Senate do confirm the nomination of Hon. Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem as Honourable President of the Court of Appeal,” he was quoted as saying on the Senate’s Twitter handle.
NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that Senator Ike Ekweramdu congratulated the nominee, saying women are making progress in the scheme of things.
He said, “This is because Justice Mendem is succeeding a woman who served and retired in the same capacity.”
Ekweremadu urged the new President of the Court of Appeal to join forces with others to carry out reforms in the justice system especially in election matters.
Senate passes N10.8trn revised 2020 budget
In a related development, the Senate on Thursday passed the revised 2020 budget of N10.8 trillion, the exact amount approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
The budget was passed at both the Senate plenary and at the Committee of Supplies following the consideration of the report of the Senator Barau Jibri-led Committee on Appropriation, The PUNCH reports.
The Senate increased the budget size of N10.5 trillion presented to it by the executive by about N300 billion.
NEWS FLAKES NG reports that the sum of N500 billion was passed in the budget as an intervention fund for COVID-19, while N186 billion was earmarked for the health sector.
The sum of N422 billion was for statutory transfers and N4.9trillion for recurrent expenditure.
Capital expenditure gulped N2.4 trillion while N2.9 trillion was earmarked for debt servicing.
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