Politics Buhari Fulfils His Promise, Appoints 209 Chairmen, 1,258 Members For Agencies



President Muhammadu Buhari last night approved the appointment of 209 chairmen to head the governing boards of various Federal Government agencies and parastatals.

A total of 1,258 members were named for board positions, according to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,Mr.Boss Mustapha.

Mustapha said the constitution of the boards was to “provide a proper governance and oversight structure for government agencies and parastatals.”

He also described the move as “a demonstration of this government’s efforts aimed at building strong institutions of governance, and by extension, improving the quality of policy formulation and supervision.”

He added:“While these appointments represent a substantial number of hitherto pending board appointments, some more appointments are still being processed and will be released in due course.

“The appointments take immediate effect and Honourable Ministers are advised to inaugurate the boards after letters of appointment have been issued.”

Prominent names of board chairmen on the list include: Brigadier General John Shagaya (rtd), a former Internal Affairs Minister, who was named chairman of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS); former Ekiti State governor, Niyi Adebayo, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN); former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Timi Alaibe, Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority; national auditor of the APC, Mr. George Moghalu, National Communication Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT), and a former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN),Malam Wada Maida,who returns to the organization as chairman.

Among the rest are: Dr. Yakubu Lame (Nigeria Airspace Management Agency); Mr. Sebastine Ibezim, National Metallugical Development Centre; Dr.Muiz Banire, Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria); Dr Leke Pitan (National Agricultural Extention Research Liasion Services; Mr.Ben Nwobashi, National Parks; Mr. Iyiola Oladokun, National Environment Standard and Regulation Enforcement Agency);Senator Abba Aji (Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution); Senator Lawal Shuaibu, Federal Housing Authority); Mallam Musa Gwadabe, (Industrial Training Fund); Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora (Abuja Investment and Infrastructure Agency); and Mallam Mai Mala Bunu (Nigeria Shippers’ Council).

Also on the list are: Engineer Segun Oni (Nigeria Export Processing Zone); Mr. Tunde Kelani (National Film and Video Census Board); Olorogun Otega Emerhor, UNilorin Teaching Hospital); Dr.Sam Jaja (UniAbuja Teaching Hospital), among others.


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