Why Buhari sacked NEMA DG Maihaja - Group
- A group has given reasons the former director-general of the National Emergency Management Agency was sacked
- The group said the former DG was relieved of his duty over the methods he adopted in handling the affairs of the agency
- CCGG also commended the president for the appointment of AVM Muhammadu Muhammed as the new DG of NEMA
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A non-governmental organisation has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for relieving Mustapha Maihaja of his position as the director-general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The Concerned Citizens for Good Governance said replacing Maihaja with retired Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu Muhammed is a step in the right direction taken by the president.
A statement released on Sunday, May 3, by the president of the group, Adamu Bawa, said Maihaja's sack was best in the interest of Nigeria.
Bawa said that Maihaja's incapacitation in handling the affairs of the agency affected his responsibility as DG of NEMA.
He added that the former DG's approach to issues relating to emergency situations clearly defined Maihaja's high headedness without observing due process to the rule of law.
The statement further said that while in office Maihaja had issues with staff union on allowances leading to a declined meeting attendance by staff while he (the former DG) also refused to appear before lawmakers over improper disbursement of relief items to citizens.
Bawa said President Buhari has succeeded in reducing the suffering of the people especially with the approval of the release of palliative as a response to the plight of Nigerians during the COVID-19 lockdown across states.
"Maihaja performed below expectation as DG as he has been sabotaging government efforts in the distribution of palliative to the poor presently handled by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, disaster management and social development, a ministry under his agency," Bawa said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Muhammed as the new director-general of NEMA.
The president made the announcement on Saturday, May 2, in a statement released by Willie Bassey, the director of information in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The statement said Muhammaed's appointment is with 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.”
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