The Federal Government has disengaged the heads of the six information-related parastatals under the Ministry of Information and Culture.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, announced the disengagement during a meeting he held with the Chief Executives of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Voice of Nigeria (VON), News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Monday.
According to a statement signed by SA to the Minister, Segun Adeyemi, the Minister directed the disengaged Chief Executives to hand over to the most senior officials in their various establishments.
He thanked them for their service to the nation and wished them the best of luck in their future endeavours.
The affected Chief Executives are the Directors-General of NTA, Mr Sola Omole, FRCN (Mr Ladan Salihu), VON (Mr Sam Worlu), NOA (Mr Mike Omeri), NBC (Mr Emeka Mba) and the Managing Director of NAN (Mr Ima Niboro).
President Goodluck Jonathan has approved fresh appointments to fill existing vacancies.
The new appointments are in furtherance of efforts to continually strengthen his administration, as contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.
General Martin Agwai (rtd.) who was until now the Deputy Chairman and Acting Chairman of SURE-P has been named the Chairman of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, with Mrs. Tanwa Olusi as his deputy.
The current Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland, Mrs. Fidelia Njeze is now Special Adviser to the President on New Partnership for Africa’s Development, NEPAD, while Senator Suleiman Ajadi was named Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters.
The former Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Mr. Ima Niboro, has been named as the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN; with Mr. Sola Omole as the Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA and Alhaji Ladan Salihu as the Director-General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN.
General Agwai replaced Dr. Christopher Kolade, who resigned voluntarily as the Chairman of SURE-P in 2013. Both Ajadi and Njeze replaced Senator Joy Emordi and Dr. Tunji Olagunju who were both sacked.
“All the appointments are with immediate effect,” the statement read.