Due to undisclosed reasons, President Muhammadu Buhari in the outgoing year 2020 relieved some of his political appointees of their duties. As expected, the sacked appointees were also replaced by others.
As the year 2020 gradually wraps up, Legit.ng takes a look at five prominent appointees fired by the Nigerian president.
1. Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungu, DG of NDE
Effective Monday, December 7, President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the director-general of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungu.
While no reason was given for his sack, Legit.ng notes that Argungu had a clash with the minister of state of labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, particularly regarding the 774, 000 Special Public Works (SPW) programme.
2. Charles Dokubo, Amnesty programme’s coordinator
In August, President Buhari sacked the coordinator of the Amnesty Programme in the presidency, Charles Dokubo.
Similarly, no reason was given for the sack announced which was announced by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
Dokubo, a professor, was replaced with Milland Dikio, a retired army colonel.
The amnesty programme, instituted by the administration of the late President, Umaru Yar’Adua, involves payment training in various fields and payment of stipend to former militants in the Niger Delta.
3. Professor Charles Uwakwe, NECO registrar
President Buhari also fired Professor Charles Uwakwe as the registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO). He was sacked alongside two deputy directors of the examination body.
While no official reason was given for the disengagement of the registrar and the two deputy directors, reports indicate that they might have been disengaged for alleged corrupt practices.
4. Usman Mohammed, MD of TCN
In May, President Buhari sacked Usman Mohammed as the managing director of the Transition Company of Nigeria (TCN).
A previous report by Legit.ng indicates that Mohammed’s sack pitted the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, against the Chief of Staff (COS) to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and organised labour.
5. Kemebradikumo Pondei, MD of NDDC
In December, President Buhari sacked Daniel Pondei as the acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
This was as the president approved the appointment of an interim administrator to oversee the affairs of the interventionist agency.
Legit.ng in an earlier report also curated a list of eight prominent appointments made by President Buhari in the outgoing year.
Prominent on the list is Professor Ibrahim Gambari, a career diplomat and academic, who was appointed by the president as his Chief of Staff following the death of Abba Kyari.
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