By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Senate Tuesday referred the 30 nominated Chairman and Commissioners of Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to its Committee on National Planning for screening.
This followed a motion moved by the Leader of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan at plenary on Tuesday.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had urged the Senate to consider and confirm the appointment of the nominees in accordance with Section 154(1) of the 1999 Constitution (Amended).
Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki asked the committee to exercise due diligence during the screening and report back to the senate within two weeks.
Engr. Elias Mbam from Ebonyi State was nominated as Chairman while Chris Akomas (Abia), Ayang Okon (Akwa Ibom), Chima Okafor (Anambra), Isa Mohammed (Bauchi State) and Samuel Maagbe (Benue) were nominated as commissioners.
Others nominees were Ntufam Whiley (Cross River), Andrew Agbaga (Delta), Patrick Mgbebu (Ebonyi), Victor Eboigbe (Edo), Amujo Ajayi (Ekiti), Maria Aniobi (Enugu State), Musa Abari (FCT), and Mohammed Usman (Gombe State).
Also nominated were Ahmed Gumel (Jigawa), Kabir Mashi (Katsina State), Umar Abdullahi (Kano State), Rilwan Abarshi (Kebbi), Suleiman Abdul (Kogi) Abdullahi Yaman (Kwara), Wright Adekunle (Lagos State) and Aliyu Abdulkadir (Nasarawa).
Others were Ibrahim Shettima (Niger), Fari Adebayo (Ogun), Tokunbo Ajasin (Ondo State), Kolade Abimbola (Oyo State), Alexander Shaiyen (Plateau), Wenah Temple (Rivers), Modu Juluri (Yobe) and Abubakar Gusau (Zamfara).
RMAFC is a Federal Government establishment saddled with the responsibility of monitoring accruals to and disbursement of revenue from the Federation Account
It reviews the revenue allocation formulae and principles in operation to ensure conformity with the changing realities.
The commission also advises the Federal, State and Local Governments on fiscal efficiency and methods by which their revenue is to be increased.
Furthermore, the commission determines remuneration appropriate to holders of offices as specified in Parts A and B of the First Schedule to the Act establishing it, among others.