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Senate Asserts Tinubu’s Rights to Employment Decisions: FCCPC Boss Removal

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The Senate has affirmed President Bola Tinubu’s prerogative under Nigerian labor laws to dismiss any Chief Executive Officer of government agencies, including Barrister Irukera of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC).

This resolution by the upper legislative chamber follows a motion introduced by Senator Michael Bamidele Opeyemi, citing violations of provisions within the FCCPC’s mandate.

Senator Opeyemi, representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District and Leader of the 10th Senate, urged the Senate to review the removal of the FCCPC’s Chief Executive and Executive Vice Chairman to reinstate him.

“The Senate should consider Mr. President’s request, as the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, regarding the removal of the CEO of FCCPC.”

Following deliberations by senators on the motion, Senate President Godswill Akpabio emphasized that the President possesses the authority, as provided by Nigerian labor laws, to make employment decisions.

“Appointments of public officers are governed by labor laws, and it is not feasible to impose a willing servant on an unwilling master.”

Ultimately, the motion was rejected through a voice vote, signifying the Senate’s decision to dismiss the request for reconsideration.

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