Sunday Thomas: President Buhari appoints new substantive NAICOM boss

Sunday Thomas: President Buhari appoints new substantive NAICOM boss

Amid Nigeria's struggle with the coronavirus pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari has made some key appointments in the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) and the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

The president has picked Sunday Thomas as the substantive commissioner for insurance/and the chief executive officer of NAICOM, PR Nigeria reports.

Added to this, President Buhari appointed Ya’ana Talib Yaro as the non-executive director representing the north-east, and Diana O. Okonta as a non-executive director in the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

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Thomas, until his new appointment, worked as an acting commissioner for insurance in place of Mallam Mohammed Kari, his predecessor.

Having been director-general of the Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) in 2010, Thomas was made the deputy commissioner in charge of technical matters in the industry by President Buhari in April 2017 following his experience as an operator and regulator.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President 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).

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 gathered 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.

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Also, 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.

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