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6 Nov 2017

EXPOSED: The Lies, Errors, And Omissions, Contained In President Buhari’s Recently Released List Of Government Appointees

The Presidency, on Saturday, released what it called a ‘full list’ of all the appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari, since he assumed office, on May 29, 2015.
It was however discovered that the 159-member list contains several errors and omissions.
At least 29 names of Heads of Agencies or Parastatals were missing on the list, while data provided for another five were incorrect.
The Presidency provided a graphical illustration of different States, and the number of top appointees from the respective States.
The graph shows that Ogun, a South-Western State, has the highest number of appointments with 21, followed by Imo, a South-Eastern State; and Kano, a North-Western State, which both have 15 each. Edo, a South-South State, and the President’s home State of Katsina, both have 14 appointees each, among others.
The 159-name list indicated that the South-West has the highest number of appointments at 42, followed by the North-West, 30, and North-East, 24. South-East, North-Central, and South-sSouth have 22, 21, and 20, respectively.
However, a closer look at the list provided, shows several omissions and errors.
FRCN, NTA DGs missing.
The Director-General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Mansur Liman, who is from Buhari’s hometown of Daura, was omitted from the list.
Also omitted was Yakubu Ibn Muhammed, from Bauchi State, who was appointed as the Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA.
Ismael Ahmed missing.
The Senior Special Assistant, SSA, to the President on Social Investment Programmes, Ismael Ahmed, who was appointed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, while Mr. President was out of the country, was also missing on the list. Mr. Ahmed is from Kano, North-West.
Other SAs, SSAs missing.
Ibrahim Bapetel Hassan, SSA Policy Research and Monitoring, from Adamawa State; Tolu Ogunlesi, Special Assistant on Digital and New Media; Lauretta Onochie, Personal Assistant on Social Media; and Shaban Sharada, Personal Assistant on Broadcast Media (Radio); were all missing on the Presidency’s ‘full list’.
Also missing wereNasir Saidu Adhama, Special Assistant on Youths & Students Affairs; Abdulrahman Bappa Yola, Special Assistant in the Office of the Vice President; and Bashir Ahmed, Personal Assistant on New Media; all from Kano State.
Missing September 2016 appointees?
On September 26, 2016, President Buhari announced appointments of Executives for 13 Federal Government Agencies. However, only seven of them were reflected in the Presidency’s list.
Missing were: Joseph Ari, Director-General, Industrial Training Fund; Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Monitoring Board; Aboloma Anthony, Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria; Mamman Amadu, Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement; Ahmed Bobboi, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Equalization Fund and Sa’adiya Faruq, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.
Abubakar Bello, NEXIM, CEO missing.
In a widely-reported appointment, President Muhammadu Buhari, in April 2017, approved the appointment of Abubakar Abba Bello, as the new Managing Director of the Nigeria Export-Import Bank, NEXIM. His name was also missing from the list released on Saturday.
Heads of Health Agencies missing.
On July 29, 2016, the Director Press of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Bolaji Adebiyi, in a statement said the President has approved the appointment of new Heads of five Agencies in the Federal Ministry of Health.
Interestingly, four of the five were missing on the latest Presidency list.
Not mentioned in the Presidency list are Babatunde Salako, the Director-General of National Institute for Medical Research from Ogun State; and Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Coordinator of National Centre for Disease Control, appointed in August 2016.
Also omitted are: Echezona Ezeanolue the Executive Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency; Usman Yusuf, the DG of National Health Insurance Scheme, who was recently suspended; and the Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, Sani Aliyu.
Also missing from the list are the Managing Director, Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA, Nurudeen Rafindadi from Katsina; Chairman, Board of the FCT Internal Revenue Service, Abdullahi Attah; and Bayo Somefun, Managing Director, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund.
Others are Luci Ajayi, Executive Secretary, Lagos International Trade Fair Management Board; and Emmanuel Jimme, Managing Director, Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority.
Apart from the missing names, however, some of those listed were wrongly described.
Babandede not from North-Central
The Presidency’s list claimed that the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, is from the North-Central. The Immigration boss hails from Jigawa, a North-Western State.
Roli Bode George is not the NDLEA Chairman
The Presidency’S list identified the wife of PDP chieftain, Bode George, Roli Bode-George, as the CEO of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
However, a further check grossly put the Presidency in the wrong. Mrs. Bode-George is not the CEO of the Agency. In November 2015, she was appointed the Acting Chairman of the Agency, a position she occupied for 54 days, before Muhammad Abdullah, a native of Adamawa State, was appointed as Substantive Chairman, on January 19, 2016.
Maryam Uwais is not from North-Central
Maryam Uwais, who was appointed as President Buhari’s Special Adviser for Social Protection Plan, was listed to have hailed from the North-Central; but a further check signifies that the wife of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Muhammadu Uwais, is from Kano State.
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