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BREAKING: Buhari sacks NEMA DG, names AVM Muhammed as replacement

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, May 2, has sacked the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Y. Maihaja, and appointed AVM Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammed (Rtd.) as a replacement.

Maihaja’s four-year tenure would have elapsed by April 2021, but his time at the disaster management agency had been dogged with series of controversies.

The sacked NEMA DG had been embroiled in crisis with his local chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC as well as the House of Representatives which accused him in 2018 of mismanagement of resources as well as inefficiency.

A parliamentary committee was put in place to investigate the release of N5.9 billion Food Intervention in the North-east, N3.1 billion Food Intervention in the same region, release of N1.6 billion for Libyan returnees, release of N1.6 billion Flood Intervention for 16 states and donation of 6,779 Metric Tons of rice by the Chinese Government

Meanwhile, the appointment of AVM Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammed (Rtd.), as new Director-General (DG) of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) took effect from Thursday, April 30, 2020 and be took over from the former DG of the agency, Engr. Mustapha Y. Maihaja.

According to a statement issued by the Director of Information in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Mr Willie Bassey, Saturday evening, Muhammed would serve for an initial period of four years.

“Presidentt Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of AVM Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammed (Rtd.) as the new Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

“This appointment took effect from Thursday, 30th April, 2020, for an initial period of 4 years in accordance with Section 3 of the National Emergency Management Agency Act.

“The erstwhile Director General, Engr. Mustapha Y. Maihaja has been directed to handover all official matters to AVM Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammed (Rtd.) immediately.

“The President thanked the out-gone Director-General for his services and charged the new appointee to serve with diligence and commitment”, the statement said.

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Uche Emmanuel is a seasoned editor and reporter. He graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State. He studied Psychology. A blogger for the past 5 years.

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