CBN Board: Abia Nominee Scoffs Tinubu’s Appointment As CBN Director

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Mr. Urum Kalu Eke.

Mr. Urum Kalu Eke, one of the five nominees for the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), may have declined his appointment, as he was evidently absent from the Senate screening exercise on Thursday.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had earlier forwarded the names of Kalu-Eke and four others to the Senate for confirmation.

But Kalu Eke shunned the screening exercise conducted by the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions.

The action of Kalu Eke was made public on Thursday as the Senate considered the report of the committee, chaired by Senator Adetokumbo Ashiru (Lagos-East).

Ashiru, while presenting the names of the other four nominees for the Senate confirmation, said Kalu Eke failed to appear before the Committee for screening.

Said Abiru to the Senate presided over by the Deputy President, Senator Barau Jibrin, on Thursday: “The nominee did not appear before the Committee for screening. Therefore, the Committee can’t recommend him for confirmation”.

Those confirmed by the Senate on Thursday were Mr. Robert Agbide; Mr. Ado Yakubu Wanka; Prof. Murtala Sabo Sagagi; and Mrs. Muslimat Olanike Aliyu.

As the proceedings continued, a former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, and member of the Abiru Committee, rose to give further explanations on why Kalu Eke turned down the appointment.

Senator Kalu, who stated that the nominee was a member of his constituency, told his colleagues that he (Kalu Eke) called him to say that he was engaged and consulting for some public and private bodies within and outside the country.

He said he felt accepting to serve on the board of the CBN would be “conflicting” with the current work he was involved with.

Kalu Eke, 60, is a former Group Managing Director, FBN Holdings, serving until December 2021.

He had previously served as an executive director with First Bank.

Kalu Eke also worked with Diamond Bank Plc and Deloitte Haskins & Sells International.

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