The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, an indigene of Ondo State, as Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission.
Also confirmed as members of the board are Grace Chinda from Delta State, Okolo Titus (Enugu State), Obiora Igwedebia (Anambra State), Olubukola Balogun (Lagos State) and Justice Adamu Bello (Katsina State).
Others are Hannatu Muhammed (Jigawa State), Abdullahi Saidu (Niger State) and Yahaya Dauda (Nasarawa State). Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, explained that the issue of lopsidedness raised by the senators, who halted the confirmation of the nominees about two weeks ago, had been resolved.
The Senate also confirmed the appointment of Justice Uwani Abba as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and passed a bill for the establishment of Federal Polytechnic Aba, Abia State.
The 54-year old Mr. Owasanoye was the Executive Secretary of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, appointed in August 2015 to inter alia “promote the reform agenda of the government on the anti-corruption effort, to advise the present government on the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria’s criminal justice system.”
He graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (formerly University of Ife) in 1984 at the age of 20 with an LL.B Upper Division and was called to the Bar in 1985.
He thereafter proceeded to the University of Lagos where he bagged an LL.M in 1987 at 24.
Mr. Owasanoye moved from the University of Lagos where he was assistant lecturer to the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, NIALS where he became a professor of law in 2001 at the age of 38. His areas of specialization are Commercial and International Trade Law, Corporate Law, Child Rights and Human Rights Law and Strategic Governance and the Law of External Debt Management.
He also served as two-time Director of Research and became the first to be conferred with the Teslim Elias Distinguished Professor of Law.
He won other awards such as the University of Lagos Scholarship Award (1986-1987); UN Institute for Training and Research Fellowship Award (1991 and 1994); US Information Service International Visitors Award (1991); British Council Fellowship Award (1992); International Youth Foundation Fellowship on Youth and Community Development (1992-2000) and Senior Special Fellowship, UN Institute for Training and Research (2001).
He was also at other institutions such as the Royal Institute of Public Administration in the UK and the International Law Institute, Washington, USA.
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