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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Breaking: Buhari Appoints Chief of Staff, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Others.


By Lashley Oladigbolu

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday disclosed the appointments of  Secretary to Government of the Federation, Chief of Staff, Senior Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Comptroller Gen of Customs, as well as the new head of Nigeria Immigration Service. President Buhari disclosed this during a briefing to our colleagues at State House in Abuja.

The new Presidential Appointments are as follows:
1. Engr. Babachir David Lawal - Secretary to the Government of the Federation
2. Alhaji Abba Kyari - Chief of Staff to the President
3. Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd.) - Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service
4. Mr. Kure Martin Abeshi - Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service
5. Senator Ita S.J. Enang - SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate)
6. Hon. Suleiman A. Kawu - SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives)

In an official statement made available to NUJ Europe the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina a brief profile of some of the appointees was cited as follows:

"Engr. Lawal, the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation hails from Hong Local Government Area, Adamawa State. He graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree and worked with the Delta Steel Company, Aladja, Nigerian External "Telecommunications Limited and Data Sciences Limited before establishing his own ICT and Telecommunications consulting firm in 1990. He is also a member of the Nigeria Computer Society, the Nigeria Society of Engineers and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria."

"Alhaji Abba Kyari, the new Chief of Staff to the President holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick in Law and Sociology. He has worked with the New Nigeria Development Company, New Africa Holdings, African International Bank, United Bank for Africa, Unilever, and Mobil in various capacities over the years."

"The new Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Ali holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Criminology. He was military administrator of Kaduna State from 1996 to 1998."

"The new Comptroller- General of Immigration, Mr. Abeshi hails from Nasarawa State. He joined the Nigerian Immigration Service in 1989 as an Assistant Comptroller. His educational qualifications include a Masters Degree in Public Administration."

The appointments announced on Thursday have doused much expectations that ignite issues of public debates among Nigerians.

According to the statement made available to NUJ Europe, the appointments take immediate effect.
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