Buhari Appoints New Heads For 13 FG Agencies

Muhammadu-Buhari-UNGeneral-AssemblyPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the appointments of Chief Executives for 13 Federal Government agencies.

A list of the new Chief Executives was contained in a statement by the Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Bolaji Adebiyi.

The appointments are:

Joseph Ari, Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF).

Dr. Isa Ibrahim, Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Monitoring Board.

Aboloma Anthony, Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

Mamman Amadu, Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement.

Sharon Ikeazor, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.

Princess Akodundo Gloria, National Coordinator, New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

Mr Ahmed Bobboi, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Equalisation Fund.

Umana Okon Umana, Managing Director, Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority.

Sa’adiya Faruq, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.

Usman Abubakar, Chairman, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC).

Dr. Bello Gusau, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF).

Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary, National Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).

President Sacks NIPC Boss, Appoints Hassan-Baba As Replacement

Mrs. Uju Aisha Hassan-Baba

President Goodluck Jonathan has relieved the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) Mrs Saratu Umar, of her duties.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, made this known in a statement on Monday.

In her stead, President Jonathan has appointed Mrs. Uju Aisha Hassan-Baba, as the new Executive Secretary/Chief Executive of the Commission.

Mrs. Hassan-Baba takes over from Mrs. Saratu Altine Umar as the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive of NIPC with immediate effect.

Other changes effected by the President includes the renewal of the appointments of Ladi Katagum and Reuben Kifasi as Directors of the NIPC for another four years, also starting immediately.

The new Executive Secretary/Chief Executive had served previously as Director-General, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Anambra State and Director, Legal Services, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.

Mrs Baba headed the panel that reviewed the pioneer status scheme of the NIPC.

President Jonathan thanked the out-going Executive Secretary/Chief Executive for her services and wished her well in her future endeavours.

No reasons were provided for the removal of Mrs. Umar.


NIPC Secretary Criticizes Protest By Workers

nipcThe Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Mrs Saratu Umar, has criticized the on-going protest by workers of the commission.

She blamed the protests on unnamed persons who are allegedly opposed to change.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, Mrs Umar said workers who barricaded the entrance of the commission have been instigated by some corrupt persons who are determined to prevent the commission from achieving the goals of the Federal Government.

The NIPC Secretary reaffirmed the commitment of the the Commission to make Nigeria a preferred destination for investors.

Some officials of the Workers Union claimed workers are suffering from high-handedness, corruption and indiscriminate suspension, among others.

For the second day running, the protesting workers have remained adamant as they continue to occupy the entrance of the commission, saying the industrial action will be indefinite until their demands are met.

Prominent Nigerians Task Politicians, Supporters To Accept Election Outcome

ElectionAhead of the announcement of the Presidential elections result by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), some prominent Nigerians have appealed to politicians and their supporters to accept the outcome of the elections in good faith for national peace.

In an interview with Channels Television, the Director of the National Interfaith Prayer Centre in Abuja, Leonard Bature, said that the election was peaceful and asked politicians to accept the results in good faith.

“My advice is that Nigerians should be patient and wait for INEC to make a final announcement. Whatever the outcome, we in the interfaith community believe that only God gives power.”

Mr. Bature also urged Nigerian youths not to allow politicians use them for violence after the results are announced.

“These politicians, their children are in London, America and Germany. They will not bring their children to come and fight but they will use our youths. Nigerian youths, don’t allow yourself to be used,” he warned.

The Chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council, Mr Yunusa Tanko, also commended the patriotism of voters during the polls as he believes that the election was peaceful.

“At this rate Nigerians have shown that they are not interested in violence. All they want is for their votes to count,” he said.

Mr Tanko was, however, dissatisfied with the performance of the card readers during the Saturday polls.

INEC is yet to announce the results of the elections as collations and counting is still ongoing across the country.

NIPC Meets Diplomats Over Foreign Direct Investment

InvestmentThe Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission says the current security challenge in the country would not affect the drive of the commission to attract more investors into the country.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Ms Saratu Umar, disclosed this in Abuja during an interactive session with members of the diplomatic community.

She said that rather than witnessing decline in the level of investments coming into the country, statistics have shown that for the second year running, Nigeria still remained the preferred investment destination in the continent of Africa.

She said that the commission would work with the diplomatic community to attract fresh investments into the country in key sectors of the economy.

This, according to her, would help promote enterprise, reduce unemployment and improve the well being of Nigeria in the face of declining oil prices.

The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission is a Federal Government Agency in Nigeria, established to encourage, promote, and coordinate investments in Nigeria.

The Agency provides services for the grant of business entry permits, licenses, authorizations and incentives in a One-Stop-Shop environment. The services are provided in a co-ordinated, streamlined, efficient and transparent manner to meet the needs of investors.

Foreign investment in Nigeria hits $9billion

Nigeria’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) hit $8.9 billion in 2011.

That’s according to the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga.

The figure represents 16 per cent of Africa’s total FDI of $55 billion in 2011, making it the leading investment destination in Africa.

Mr Aganga attributed the increase to growing investor confidence.

According to him, the federal government is committed to consolidating on the gains so far recorded by strengthening the one-stop investment centre of the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).