July 14, 2024
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Why Nigerian President Suspended REA Chief Executive Officer

Nigerian President Bola Tinubu has suspended Ahmad Salihijo, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Electrification Agency, along with three agency executive directors from their positions.

The decision was announced in a statement signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale. It was made following new findings uncovered during a comprehensive investigation into the financial activities of the Rural Electrification Agency.

Apart from Salihijo, Tinubu has also suspended Olaniyi Netufo, the Executive Director of Corporate Services, Barka Sajou, the Executive Director of Technical Services, and Sa’adatu Balgore, the Executive Director of Rural Electrification Fund.

Furthermore, Tinubu has ordered a broader investigation into the conduct of these officials regarding fraudulent mis-expenditure totalling over N1.2 billion over the past two years, with some funds already recovered by anti-graft agencies, as disclosed by Ngelale.

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Consequently, the President has appointed a new management team to serve in an acting capacity with immediate effect.

The newly appointed officials include Abba Aliyu as Managing Director/CEO, Ayoade Gboyega as Executive Director of Corporate Services, Umar Umar as Executive Director of Technical Services, Doris Uboh as Executive Director of Rural Electrification Fund, and Olufemi Akinyelure as Head of the Project Management Unit for the Nigeria Electrification Project.

The statement emphasized the President’s expectation for all appointees in his administration to uphold the highest standards of transparency and accountability in the discharge of their duties.

Tinubu reaffirmed his commitment to prioritizing the yearnings of Nigerians for good governance and quality service delivery above the narrow interests of individuals entrusted with providing critical services to the Nigerian people.

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