Friday, February 23, 2024

PRESIDENT TINUBU CONSOLIDATES POWER: APC faithful, President’s loyalists benefit as FG reconstitutes more boards

  • Tinubu appoints new PTDF Executive Secretary/CEO

  • Names Jigawa Attorney General, Aliyu, ICPC Chairman

  • Appoints ex-State House Perm Sec, Arabi, NAHCON CEO

President Bola Tinubu consolidates power as loyal members of the All Progressives Congress are rewarded with board appointments following the compilation of names for the reconstitution of new boards for about 153 parastatals, agencies, and institutions affected in a recent dissolution.

The process is expected to be concluded in the next weeks as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, has sent out a circular to this effect following the dispatch of a formal dissolution circular to the Permanent Secretaries and head of the affected institutions.

In June, the Federal Government announced the dissolution of all boards of parastatals, agencies, and institutions with effect from June 16 leaving out the boards of commissions and Councils that are listed in the Third Schedule, Part 1, Section 153 (i) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

Institutions that were excluded from the exercise were the National Judicial Council, Code of Conduct Bureau; Council of State; Federal Character Commission; Federal Civil Service Commission; Independent National Electoral Commission; National Population Commission; Police Service Commission; and Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

Consequently, President Tinubu has approved the appointment of Ahmed Galadima Aminu to serve as the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund for a term of four years in the first instance.

The new Executive Secretary/CEO of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund has most recently served as the General Manager of the Education and Training Department at the Petroleum Technology Development Fund.

His appointment trails the application for retirement submitted by the outgoing Executive Secretary/CEO, Bello Aliyu Gusau, to proceed on 90-days pre-retirement leave beginning on September 26, 2023.

According to the President’s spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, the President has directed Aminu to serve in acting capacity until he commences his fresh term of four years in office, beginning on December 26, 2023.

Also, the President has approved the appointment of Alhaji Jalal Ahmad Arabi to serve as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria for a term of four years in the first instance.

The new NAHCON boss previously served as Permanent Secretary in the State House under former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Tinubu has also directed the outgoing Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, to proceed on three-month pre-retirement leave as provisioned by Public Service Rule (PSR) 120243 with effect from October 18, 2023, leading to his eventual retirement from service on January 17, 2024.

Ngelale also said on Tuesday that Arabi will assume office in acting capacity on October 18, 2023, and will continue to serve in substantive capacity for a fresh term of four years, beginning on January 17, 2024.

The statement said President Tinubu expected that the new NAHCON leadership will serve in reverence of Allah and with utmost adherence to the precepts of service according to the Holy Qur’an.

In another development, President Tinubu has appointed the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Jigawa State, Dr. Musa Adamu Aliyu, as the new Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.

Also appointed as the Secretary for the commission is Clifford Okwudiri Oparaodu, the Presidency announced in a statement on Tuesday.

Ngelale said the President exercised the powers conferred on him as established in Section 3(6) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

The appointment, according to the statement, is sequel to the request of the outgoing chairman of the commission, Bolaji Owasanoye, whose statutory tenure still remains over three months, “to proceed on pre-end of tenure leave beginning on 4 November 2023.”

Owasanoye’s tenure is statutorily due to expire on February 3, 2024.

The announcement comes on the heels of the president’s controversial appointment of Olanipekun Olukoyede as the chairperson of the sister anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

“In exercise of powers conferred on the President as established in Section 3(6) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and in furtherance of the Renewed Hope mandate to reform key institutions and invigorate Nigeria’s war on corruption, President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of a new management team for the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), pending Senate confirmation.

“The new Chairman of the ICPC is nominated for confirmation by the Nigerian Senate, following the President’s approval of the outgoing Chairman’s request to proceed on pre-end of tenure leave beginning on November 4, 2023, ahead of the expiration of his tenure on February 3, 2024.

“The position of Secretary to the Commission does not require Senate confirmation and, therefore, by the directive of the President, the appointment of Mr. Clifford Okwudiri Oparaodu as Secretary of the Commission takes immediate effect.

“Dr. Musa Adamu Aliyu has embarked upon many far-reaching reforms as the Attorney General of Jigawa State since September 2019 and holds Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees in Law. He was also named as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria-designate in October 2023.

“Mr. Clifford Okwudiri Oparaodu is a lawyer with over 30 years of experience and has served meritoriously in the public service as a Member of the Rivers State Judicial Service Commission and Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of Port Harcourt City Local Government Council.

“The President implores the new management team of the ICPC to always be above board as they discharge their duties without fear or favour concerning all matters before them,” Ngelale said.

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