Buhari Appoints New DG, Budget And Special Adviser, Planning

Buhari makes new appointments - DG BudgetPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Tijjani Mohammed Abdullahi as the Director-General in the Budget office.

Mr Abdullahi is a fellow of the Certified National Accountants of Nigeria and a banker.

He will replace the current Director-General, Budget, Mr Yahaya Gusau.

A statement by a spokesman for the President said the new Director-General, Budget, would work with the Minister of Budget and National Planning to efficiently deliver on the mandates of the Budget Office of the Federation.

The statement further read: “President Buhari has also approved the appointment of Mr Ben Ifeanyi Akabueze as the Special Adviser on Planning to the President.

“Mr Akabueze who is the immediate past Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget in Lagos State, has worked in senior management positions in Citi Bank, Fidelity Bank, United Bank for Africa, NAL Merchant Bank, Sterling Bank and BIA Consulting Limited, among others”.

The new Special Adviser on Planning is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers; Fellow, Institute of Credit Administrators and Honorary Fellow, Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Uduaghan Sacks Finance Commissioner

The Delta state governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has dismissed the state’s Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Bernard Okumagba, who is to be replaced by the Commissioner for Economic Planning, Mr. Ken Okpara.

Delta state Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan (L), Mr Bernard Okumagba, Former Commissioner for Finance Delta State (C) and Mrs Evelyn Oputu, Managing Director Bank of Industry (R)

A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Ovuozourie Macaulay, which announced the minor cabinet re-shuffle, stated that “Mr. Ken Okpara, Commissioner for Economic Planning, has been reassigned to the Ministry of Finance to replace Mr. Bernard Okumagba who has been dropped from the State Executive Council.”

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Planning is to take charge of the running of the affairs in the Ministry until a new commissioner is appointed, the statement adds.

Also, the Commissioner for Special Duties in charge of the State Liaison Office, Abuja, Comrade Gloria Okolugbo, has been directed to return to Asaba, the state capital for reassignment as the state’s Head of Service is to post a Director to head the office forthwith.

The statement also announced that “the Overseas Development Agency currently in the Ministry of Economic Planning has now been returned to the Ministry of Finance, its original base.”