Friday, April 18, 2014

Christopher Kolade, SURE-P boss, has not resigned- spokesperson


Mr. Kolade has not resigned, his spokesperson said to PREMIUM TIMES.

The chairman of the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, Christopher Kolade, has not resigned his position contrary to speculations, his spokesperson, Olisa Egbunike, has said.

There was widespread report on Tuesday that Mr. Kolade, dissatisfied with the direction the SURE-P program was going, angrily resigned his opposition.

But SURE-P spokesman and senior assistant to Mr. Kolade, Olisa Egbunike, dispelled the rumour of his boss’ resignation as untrue.

“It is not true that Dr. Kolade has resigned. I was with him till the close of work on Monday, and there was nothing to suggest he wanted to resign his appointment,” Mr. Egbunike said.

Shortly afterwards, Mr. Egbunike called back to say that the Chairman of SURE-P was in the office and expressed surprise at several calls he has been receiving from friends and associates over the rumour.

Sources close to Mr. Kolade, however, told PREMIUM TIMES that repeated intervention by government and political office holders was becoming a source of worry to the SURE-P boss.

SURE-P was interventionist agency introduced by the Federal Government last year in the wake of the nationwide protest that followed the attempt to withdraw the subsidy on petrol in the country.

The agency was charged with the responsibility of managing the savings from the increased pump price of petrol; the application of the proceeds has, however, been politicised of late.

The 80 year-old Kolade, widely known as “Mr. Integrity”, was appointed to head the SURE-P agency based on his impeccable records as a revered technocrat and diplomat.

After a successful career as broadcaster and media administrator, he had a successful career that ended with his becoming the managing director, Cadbury Nigeria Plc.

Before taking up the SURE-P assignment, Mr. Kolade was a first class diplomat and Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Britain.

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