Tinubu appoints Wike’s ex-chief of staff MD Ogun-Osun River Basin Authority


President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Chukwuemeka Woke as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority.

Woke’s appointment was announced in a statement signed Thursday by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale.

Woke succeeds Olufemi Odumosu who former President Muhammadu Buhari reappointed for a second four-year term in January 2021.

The Presidency described Woke as a “seasoned engineer and politician who served as Chairman of Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State and was Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, for many years.”

Ogun–Osun River Basin Development Authority is one of the 12 River Basin Development Authorities established by the Federal Government under Decrees 25 of 1976 and 31 of 1977.

A parastatal under the Ministry of Water Resources, the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority was formally launched on July 4, 1977 by the then Federal Commissioner (Minister) for Water Resources, Ibrahim EI Yakub.

Tinubu expects the new Chief Executive Officer of the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority to “discharge his duties with integrity and in conformity with the highest standards of transparency, while working at harnessing and developing the water resource potential of the area, as well as ensuring that the Authority is a channel for holistic and integrated industrial, agricultural, and community development.”

Also, in line with his avowed commitment to establish a more efficient, targeted, and consistent approval process for unique oil and gas projects in the country, President Tinubu has approved the appointment of Ekperikpe Ekpo, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), as the Co-Chairman of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board.

Ngelale similarly added that this is also to further ensure effective oversight of the gas aspect of the nation’s assets.

He said the President remains committed to unlocking Nigeria’s immense gas potential to stimulate industrial development, job creation, and sustainable economic growth.