Posted by From Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja on
President Olusegun Obasanjo has sacked an additional aide in the Presidency barely twenty four hours after the first exercise in which no less than 10 aides were relieved of their appointments.....
President Olusegun Obasanjo has sacked an additional aide in the Presidency barely twenty four hours after the first exercise in which no less than 10 aides were relieved of their appointments.
Also, the President has accepted the formal disengagement from government of Prof. Jerry Gana (Special Adviser on Political Matters), Mr. Venatius Ikem (Special Assistant, Bureau for Public Enterprises) and Mallam Bibi Farouk, Special Assistant on Youths.
A statement issued yesterday by the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation named the new victim of the sack exercise as Bose Ogunmuyiwa (Special Assistant on National Orientation).
According to the statement signed by Ufot Ekaette, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the trio of Gana, Ikem and Farouk left the government on their own volition and effective June 30, 2006.
The statement confirmed that Chief Kanu Agabi, Special Adviser on Good Governance and Ethics, Engineer
Mohammed Abba Gana, Special Adviser on Rel-ations with Civil Society, Dr. Stanley Macebuh, Senior Special Assistant on Programme and Policy Monitoring, and Mrs. Jose-phine Anenih, Special Assistant on Women Affairs.
The statement also confirmed the sack of eight aides to the Vice President including Prof-essor Mike Kwanashie, Special Adviser on Social and Economic Affairs, Dr. A.C Okolie, Senior Special Assistant on Policy and Programme Monitoring, Dr. A. Ajuji, Special Assistant, Development Cooperation, Mrs. Tokunbo Adeola, Senior Assistant, National Economic Council and Private Sector Liaison.
Others sacked in the Vice President’s office include Dr. U Ardo Special Assistant on Research and Analysis, Phil Agbasi Special Assistant, Political, Yima Sen, Special Assistant, Policy and Programme Monitoring and Nath Yaduma, Special Ass-istant, Special Interest /Information.
Meanwhile, a group, The All Nigerian American Congress (ANAC) has commended President Olusegun Obasanjo on the appointment of Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the new Foreign Affairs Minister.
The group said in a statement made available to THISDAY that Okonjo-Iweala, who was also a member of the Nigerian
Diaspora community “has been an example of the kind of Nigerian blazing the trails in North America and elsewhere who may consider sacrificing their comfortable life in the West to help uplift Nigeria to higher grounds under the right circumstances.”
The statement signed by the association’s president, Mr. Okey Mbonu hoped “that (Obasanjo’s) successor will match (his) instincts for competence and financial prudence.”
President Obasanjo Wednesday relieved Mrs. Chinwe Obaji of her appointment as Education Minister and redeployed three others Okonjo-Iweala (from Finance to Foreign Affairs), Ambassador Olu Adeniji (from Fore-ign Affairs to Internal Affairs) and Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili (from Solid Minerals Development to Education).
Also, Obasanjo sacked 12 aides, eight of them in the office of Vice President Atiku Abu-bakar, who is currently on annual vacation in the United States.
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