Buhari approves appointment of Salihijo Ahmad as new MD for Rural Electrification Agency

Buhari approves appointment of Salihijo Ahmad as new MD for Rural Electrification Agency

- President Muhammadu Buhari appoints Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad as managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA)

- The appointment is disclosed on Tuesday morning, December 31, in a statement by the federal ministery of power

- The president also appoints Olaniyi Alaba Netufo as the executive director - southwest and Eddi Mietuade Smith Julius as a non-executive director, south-south

President Muhammadu Buhari has carried out a major change in the power sector with the appointment of Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad as the managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA).

The appointment was disclosed on Tuesday morning, December 31, in a statement by the federal ministry of power.

The ministry explained that Salihijo is a renewable energy expert with two masters degrees in development studies and project planning. The statement added that the new CEO is an indigene of Adamawa state.

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The ministry further disclosed that Buhari also appointed Olaniyi Alaba Netufo as the executive director - southwest and Eddi Mietuade Smith Julius as a non-executive director, south-south.

The appointment of Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad followed the indefinite suspension of the former managing director of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Damilola Ogunbiyi by the minister of power, Sale Mamman.

The suspension of Ogunbiyi was disclosed in a statement by the special adviser, Aaron Artimas, on Tuesday, December 24, The Nation had reported.

The minister had asked Ogunbiyi to hand over to the next most senior officer in the agency. He also directed an immediate investigation into the activities of the agency towards repositioning it for better service delivery.

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In earlier news report, Legit.ng wrote that the federal government asked the managing director, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) Plc, Dr Marylyn Amobi to step down from office with immediate effect.

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The directive was given by the minister of power, Engineer Sale Mamman, a statement by his spokesman, Aaron Artimas on Tuesday, December 24 revealed.

The statement further revealed that the directive was as a result of the continuation of the restructuring and sanitation of the federal ministry of power.

It also revealed that the minister has constituted a five-man investigative committee to probe complaints against Amobi.

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