- Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu's tenure as NSCDC boss has been extended
- Rauf Aregesola, minister of interior, announced the extension effective from Friday, July 17
- Muhammadu's run of NSCDC is said to have impressed the interior ministry and President Muhammadu Buhari
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The tenure of Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu as the commandant-general of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has been extended.
The approval for the extension was given by President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, July 19, as contained in a statement by Muhammadu's media assistant, Ekunola Gbenga.
Muhammadu's first tenure was to end on Friday, July 17, prompting insinuations that the president may give the NSCDC boss the waiver to continue the good work.
But on Friday, minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, under whom the NSCDC operates, said President Buhari is impressed by Muhammadu's commitment to the corps.
The minister said six-month extension has been approved for Muhammadu to continue as NSCDC boss effective from July 17, 2020.
“The minister graciously recommended this extension of tenure due to the track record of innovative programmes in the Corps as well as the need to consolidate some of the on-going projects,” the NSCDC boss' media official disclosed.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that despite political differences, President Buhari has approved the naming of the railway complex in Agbor, the operational hub of Itakpe-Warri rail line, after his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan.
Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, made this confirmation on Saturday, July 18, through a tweet by the presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi.
The transport minister said the Itakpe-Warri rail line will now be acknowledged as the Goodluck Jonathan Railway Station and Complex.
Amaechi also said the project is ready for commissioning, adding that priority of the Warri-Itakpe rail corridor remains prioritizing the movement of goods especially since the rail line passes through Ajaokuta.
Asked when it will be commissioned, the minister said: "That will depend on the ministry's ability to convince the president to commission it. We are also considering virtual commissioning because of COVID-19.''
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