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Tinubu withdraws nomination of 24-yr-old fresh graduate as chairman of FERMA


By Cross Udo, Abuja

President Bola Tinubu has ordered the withdrawal of the appointment of 24-year-old Imam Kashim Imam as Chairman of the Board of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA).

This was possibly due to criticisms that trailed the nomination of the fresh graduate as chairman of the FERMA board.

The President also effected immediate major changes in the leadership of eight parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation.

These were contained in two separate statements yesterday by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale.

He said that the President’s withdrawal of the above-mentioned nomination was with immediate effect.

Ngelale said that the withdrawal would not, however, affect other appointments to the Board and Executive Management team of FERMA.

According to Ngelale, the President has approved the appointment of eight new Chief Executive Officers for Parastatals and Agencies under the Information Ministry.

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The appointees include National Orientation Agency (NOA) — Director-General / CEO — Mr. Lanre Issa-Onilu; Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) — Director-General / CEO — Mr. Salihu Abdulhamid Dembos; Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) — Director-General / CEO — Dr. Muhammed Bulama and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) — Director-General / CEO — Mr. Charles Ebuebu.

Others are Voice of Nigeria (VON) — Director-General / CEO — Mr. Jibrin Baba Ndace; Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) — Director-General / CEO — Dr. Lekan Fadolapo; News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) — Managing Director / CEO — Mr. Ali Muhammed Ali and Nigerian Press Council (NPC) — Executive Secretary / CEO — Mr. Dili Ezughah.

Tinubu charged the newly entrusted leadership in these important sub-sectors to innovate and create new opportunities for Nigerians to leverage upon through the effective reform of these key institutions of government which function to unify our people, reshape mindsets, and showcase this great nation to the rest of the world.


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