Buhari Replaces Heads Of Ministry Of Communications And Digital Economy

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced heads of five parastatals under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

The parastatals include the Nigerians Communications Commission (NCC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST).

Others are Galaxy Backbone Limited (GBB) and The Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat).

A statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the appointments is due to fast-tracking the targets and mandates given to the Ministry.

Below is the list of replacements and appointments:

Nigerians Communications Commission (NCC)

  1. Prof. Adeolu Akande (South West) replaces Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye (South West) as Chairman, Board of Commissioners – subject to Senate confirmation.
  2. Mr Uche Onwude (South East) replaces Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Ararume (South East) as Non-Executive Commissioner – subject to Senate confirmation.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)

  1. Dr Abubakar Sa’id replaces Prof. Adeolu Akande as Board Chairman.
  2. Dr Habibu Ahmed Imam (North West) replaces Dr Lawal Bello Moriki (North West).
  3. Dr Mohammed Sa’idu Kumo as Board Member.

The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST)

  1. Dr Ismail Adebayo Adewusi (South West) replaces Barrister Bisi Adegbuyi (South West) as Postmaster General/CEO

Galaxy Backbone Limited (GBB)

  1. Professor Muhammed Bello Abubakar replaces Architect Yusuf Kazaure.

The Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat)

  1. Architect Yusuf Kazaure replaces Chief Dr George Nnadubem Moghalu as Board Chairman.
  2. Dr Najeem Salam replaces Hon. Samson Osagie as Executive Director, Marketing and Business Development.
  3. Professor Abdu Ja’afaru Bambale replaces Kazeem Kolawole Raji as Executive Director, Technical Services.
  4. Hadi Mohammed replaces Mohammed Lema Abubakar as Executive Director, Administration.

E-Nigeria Conference: Buhari Unveils Strategy For Digital Economy

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday unveiled a strategy document aimed to galvanise the nation’s digital economy.

The President unveiled the strategy at the eNigeria conference, exhibition and awards for 2019 held in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He also directed development and training of personnel in digital economy across all ministries, departments and agencies.

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According to President Buhari, the Digital Economy is globally expanding at a very fast pace and has transitioned from being a luxury to an absolute necessity.

“It is in recognition of this fact that we decided to re-designate the Federal Ministry of Communications as the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy with a mandate to develop and implement a harmonised and well-coordinated digital economy policy and strategy for Nigeria,” he said.

The conference, which is the 12th edition this year, is Nigeria’s annual Information Technology (IT) summit hosted by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Other dignitaries at the event include Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami; Director-General, NITDA Kashifu Abdullahi; Senator Oluremi Tinubu, and Representative of Speaker, Honourable Lado.

Organisers believe that the two-day event which attracts global participation will unlock the country’s potential in the virtual economy.

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Ex-Staff Drags NITDA To Court, Demands N500m Compensation

Ex-Staff Drags NITDA To Court, Demands N500m CompensationFormer staff of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) have dragged the agency to the National Industrial Court for allegedly terminating their employment, less than a year after they were employed.

The defendants who are 245, in their motion on notice, said that they were proffered letters of employment in December 2016 and while they awaited their posting, an advertisement in a national newspaper claimed that their employment had been cancelled because the process that led to their employment had been cancelled.

They alleged that the said advertisement did not disclose the reason for the cancellation of their employment.

As such they are asking the court for an order declaring the said advertisement as null, void and of no effect.

They also asked the court to declare that all the claimants recruited by the agency in December 2015 are entitled to all the rights, privileges, salaries and emoluments.

They also asked the court to award the sum of 500 million naira as damages against the agency.

The case has been adjourned to March 2, 2017

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).