President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd); as the new Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF); announced this on Saturday, May 2; in a statement signed by Willie Bassey, Director, Information, Office of the SGF.
Specifically, Mustapha revealed that the appointment, which took effect from Thursday, April 30, 2020, is for an initial period of four years in accordance with Section 3 of the NEMA Act.
He said that the erstwhile Director-General, Mustapha Maihaja; had been directed to handover all official matters to his successor “immediately”.
President Buhari, however, thanked the former NEMA Director-General for his services and charged the new appointee to serve with diligence and commitment.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has mocked the suggestions of a former vice president; Atiku Abubakar on economic diversification.
This was contained in a statement issued on Saturday, May 2; by its APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu.
Issa-Onilu also expressed shock that it took the former vice president 13 years after leaving office to know that the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo; under which he served as second in command was shortsighted for its inability to “faithfully diversify the economy”.
The APC also criticised Atiku for refusing to acknowledge the bold efforts the President Buhari administration has made in the last five years towards diversification of the economy; as well as the many positive gains Nigeria has recorded.
“Perhaps, it was an oversight. Or, could it be too inconvenient a truth to admit?” the party queried.
“Not to be confused, Atiku Abubakar had eight years as a powerful Vice President and Chairman of the National Council on Privatisation; with vantage opportunity to lead the country away from its dependence on oil.
“How Nigeria got worse even when international oil prices were stable; and high are matters Atiku Abubakar may still need to address in future”, APC added.
The party, in reeling out what it described as the successes of the current administration, said as far back as 2016; President Buhari launched the Anchor Borrowers Programme ABP.