- President Buhari has appointed Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammed as the new DG of NEMA
- The appointment took effect from Thursday, April 30, and will be for an initial period of four years
- The erstwhile NEMA chief, Mustapha Maihaja, was directed to hand over all official matters to Muhammed with immediate effect
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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Air Vice-Marshal Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammed as the new director general of the National Emergency Management Agency of Nigeria (NEMA).
Channels TV reports that the appointment was announced in a statement released by Willie Bassey, the director of information in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in a statement on Saturday, May 2.
Legit.ng gathers that the appointment took effect from Thursday, April 30, 2020, “for an initial period of four years in accordance with Section 3 of the National Emergency Management Agency Act”.
The erstwhile NEMA DG, Mustapha Maihaja, was directed to hand over all official matters to Muhammed immediately.
President Buhari thanked Maihaja for his services and charged the new appointee to serve with diligence and commitment.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari had approved the implementation of the Steve Oransaye committee report on the rationalisation of government agencies.
The committee set up by the Goodluck Jonathan administration had recommended the scrapping of some federal government agencies to reduce Nigeria's over-bloated recurrent expenditure and ultimately the cost of governance.
It recommended a reduction in the number of statutory agencies from 263 to 161, while advocating for the merger of some agencies.
The minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed that the president will be implementing the recommendations.
She made the comment when she appeared on a programme on Channels Television.
Ahmed said the federal government had started to address the issue of high costs of governance by implementing the report.
Her words: “The president has approved that this administration should implement the recommendations of the Oransaye report.
“So, the Oransaye report is a report that has reviewed the whole of the size of government. It has made a very significant recommendation in reducing the number of agencies, merging some agencies together.”
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