Nigerian govt. sacks another 20 heads of federal agencies, parastatals

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The Presidency has issued the following statement announcing the removal of 20 more heads of federal parastatals and agencies.

The list adds to the six heads of agencies under the Ministry of Information and Culture that were sacked earlier today.

Read full statement below.

1. The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate disengagement of the following Chief Executive Officers of the underlisted Parastatals, Agencies and Commissions.

2.​He has also approved that the most senior officers in the Parastatals, Agencies and Councils oversee the activities of the organizations pending the appointment of substantive Chief Executive Officers.

(i) Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)
(ii) Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN)
(iii) Voice of Nigeria (VON)
(iiii) News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
(v) National Broadcasting Commission (NBC)
(vi) Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF)
(vii) New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)
(viii) Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF)
(ix) Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board(NCDMB)
(x) Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN)
(xi) Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund)
(xii) National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)
(xiii) Petroleum Equalization Fund
(xiiii) Nigeria Railways Corporation (NRC)
(xv) Bureau of Public Procurements (BPP)
(xvi) Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE)
(xvii) Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA)
(xviii) Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON)
(xix) National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC)
(xx) Nigeria Investment Promotion Council (NIPC)
(xxi) Bank of Industry (BoI)
(xxii) National Centre for Women Development (NCWD)
(xxiii) National Orientation Agency (NOA)
(xxiiii) Industrial Training Fund (ITF)
(xxv) Nigerian Export-Import Bank
(xxvi) National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic In Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP)

3. Mr. President, however, thanked them for their invaluable services to the Nation and wishes them well in their future endeavours.

​(Signed)
Engr. Babachir David Lawal
Secretary to the Government of the Federation.


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  • Dr Quack

    Wow it was about time, and wonder why it took him this long. Hope to still see the firing of those, that messed up our budget

    • MilitaryPolice01

      Those that messed up our budget ? will this govt ever take responsibility for anything or is it always others. Listen it is the job of the govt to vet the budget before it comes out,that is the job of the Ministers, Accountant General and Auditor General so the govt should apologise to Nigerians for not properly vetting the budget ‘prepared for them by civil servants’

      • Still waiting for GEJ apologies for 6 years of waste and PDP’s Apology for 16 years of Bad Governance…..Why should PMB’s Budget apology bother you?

        • Awolo

          It should bother because it is a national budget, not an Hausa/Fulani budget.

          • Dr Quack

            So GEJ and PDP’s wasted years was not Nigerian’s right?

      • PolyGon2013

        Firing them is taking responsibility.

  • arewethishopeless

    Eagerly waiting for batch C

  • Action Group

    Their sack is long overdue,hope PMB will not waste another three months in appointing their successors.

    • PolyGon2013

      Nope, he won’t. I have been appointed already; others will be appointed in 1 week from today. Sai Buhari.

  • T-Rex

    Now then is the time to payback the APC goons with federal government appointments,lol.

    • aisha ani

      Sai baba, we go get alert soon.

  • Awolo

    Hahahaha! Hausa/Fulani replacements are already lined up.

    • PolyGon2013

      What difference does it make if those there did not perform.

  • Amir

    These guys padded the budget 2016 with outrageous insertions and duplicate expenses. Some have been budgeting the same item repeatedly for 5 years.

  • mai_gaskiya

    I have no problem whether anyone is sacked or not, after all they were not giving me a share of their loot. What needs more serious attention here is the number of parastatals. I think during election campaign Buhari mentioned there were over 700 parastatals, many of whom are currently not providing any service to the Nigerian people. The OBJ and Jonathan administrations used creation of questionable parastatals to ‘create new jobs’. They simply increased the size of government, without considering cost. I think Buhari should review the parastatals and determine which ones need to stay and which should be dissolved.

  • PolyGon2013

    Sai Buhari

  • FreeNigeria

    This list is not long enough. there are too many dead woods in the FG

  • Profy

    Make sure all the biafrans are removed. They are economic saboteur. They don’t want u to succeed. Long over due. Sack them all. Sai baba

  • Layo

    This is long overdue. Why is Emiefele of CBN not on this list? The parastatals should be merged as well.

    • Peter_Edo

      because he cant remove emiefele like that or else he would be termed “goodluck”

  • f.d.x escalope

    @PolyGon2013:disqus

    President Buhari and his charlatans mistake staff replacements with CHANGE. They are mistaken.
    All appointees they may select are bound in a finite trap of the 2016 fraud-laden Buhari budget.
    Once enveloped in fraudulence verging on traps set to steal, no appointee can be excellent.
    The political environment is entirely polluted by the spirit of theft in the 2016 budget itself.
    We have seen APC in the states that Action Congress governed. Nothing to write home.

    • pointblankers

      After eight [8] months without a single policy initiative announced, is it not obvious Buhari is blank?

      Buhari just invoked CHANGE for the sound than for the meaning; and has made a mess of CHANGE.

  • deji

    EFCC will soon pounce on them so as to render the accounts of their stewardship..

  • Shane

    Good riddance remain Nigerian prison service boss, All these PDP apologists should be weed out, the president has been too lenient with them 8months ain’t a joke

  • Raymond (Journalist)

    Editor Premium Times,

    Simple advice to BUHARI journalists

    Your own newspaper does NOT need my advice.
    Premium Times keeps to the rules of professional conduct. My advice is for
    others whom I describe as ‘Buhari journalists’. They are so mentally corrupt for
    money passed to them under the table for degrading their university education to
    serve like palace guards for Muhamadu Buhari. That is not what a self-respecting
    university graduate should ever be.

    These uselessly compromised journalists of today corruptly manipulate
    the media they own on-line; or manipulate pages of the newspapers they work
    for, to attempt to control what Nigerians should think and how. These are evil
    agents of fascism – these journalists be summarily executed in a revolutionary
    situation. They profane what’s the best and the most educated profession on
    the face of the earth – journalism.

    These numb-skull straying into journalist don’t
    care for Nigerians. They don’t. They are too corrupt – so corrupt that for
    payments they now equate Nigeria’s national interest with a partisan political
    party called APC, to mean whatever APC does or fails to do, incompetently, is
    good all the same in the national interest. But the school certificates these
    journeymen journalists brandish need be probed, because their mind-set offends
    the simple logic, that a decidedly partisan political party can never ever be
    equivalent to Nigeria’s national interest. That’s logic simple enough for a
    university graduate in the media to understand.

    • IZON Redeemer

      Nigerians are gradually waking up from their self induced slumber—–Late Anthony Enahoro once said the only difference between the government of Buhari and that of Adolf Hitler is the (hail Hitler Salute)————It is a shame that Nigerian journalism has been turned into a trade fit for only those with experience in pushing omolanke truck-a disgrace –He who pays the piper dictates the tune–Ishola Omole Director General of NTA said lately that News items meant for broadcast, are now cleared from the office of Liar Mohamed—He was fired few hours after that statement——–we warned 9jas but they would never listen—-Buhari is not a Nigerian. He is from Niger Republic—-Sadly I do not see how he will love Nigeria more than real Nigerians-

      • Rommel

        Keep quiet, your people have not made any distinction between what is wrong in the eyes of civilized people and that which is considered right by your people which is why having the ability or proximity to steal public funds is considered a blessing from God by the Ijaw.

        • cttt440

          @disqus_MSz5KF4VNF:disqus

          WHY SHOULD HE KEEP QUIET FOR THE APC LIARS TO TAKE OVER NIGERIA, WHY?
          SOME OF US WILL RATHER START AN ARMED STRUGGLE THAN SURRENDER TO APC
          THIEVES AND FOOLS WHO HAVE NO POLICY POSITION FOR MAKING NIGERIA BETTER.

      • Benedict Oche

        Izon:

        It is so true. Nigerian journalists have become so corrupt it’s unbelievable. Can
        you image that apart from Premium Times, no other online media ever, i repeat
        the word; EVER, analyzed this Buhari 2016 budget. Not one of them – a bunch of
        money-hungry fools selling their country away and pretending to be radicals!
        What kind of journalism is that?

        Even too, look at the 6-month anniversary of Buhari.
        Nigerian journalists refused to assess it, so that they can avoid saying the
        truth that Buhari scored zero% in his first six months. That’s why Nigerians
        started reading only Premium Times – along with foreign newspapers like The
        Economist, New York Times and Washington Post for the real truth on their
        own country – NIGERIA. What a disgrace! In all other online media today,
        apart from Premium Times, it is a taboo and a big offence to criticize Buhari
        on anything. Nonsense! Is that journalism? Is that honesty? Pure Rubbish!

      • O’Jose

        …My people……it’s not looking good yet O……Buhari is losing goodwill……
        ….more than he’s gaining it…..and now, after 8 months…..he has negatives ……
        numbering enough to write a book……….from his blunders overseas…..to
        this huge suspicion… that he’s just another Fulani Islamist hegemonist and
        northern tribalist……but, that’s a smelly body odor to carry around…….if
        it includes jumping the window of parliament to forge appropriation bills……..
        and winking at the genocide of Shiite Muslims… …..as well as the murders….
        …………committed daily by the mad and maddening Fulani herdsmen……

        • alkali

          THIS IS ALL WE KNOW……..

          • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
          • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as “inexplicable expense” by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
          • ₦20billion was paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons un-known.
          • ₦3.086billion was paid out in cash by Sanusi Lamido as expense to promote Central Bank image.
          • ₦160billion was taken out of CBN by Sanusi Lamido CBN on self-determined activities.
          • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi Lamido.
          • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered as paid to a non-operating airline for charter service.
          • ₦1.12billion was claimed as spent by Sanusi Lamido on lunch for CBN police guards in one year.

          • Mohammed Shuaib

            Please what’s point?

  • Burning Spear

    a. You stated that Col. Adegbe was credited to have said: “If I open up, Nigeria will burn.”

    b. You stated that: “the economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC) picked up Adegbe on Wednesday in Lagos where he was interrogated before he was flown to Abuja yesterday.”

    c. You stated that: “It was gathered that ongoing interrogation of the former ADC by operatives of the EFCC could open up a new can of worms, which could surpasss what is now known as Dasukigate”

    d. You stated that: “Col. Adegbe who was arrested in Lagos a few days ago, was said to be attending a senior officers course outside the former capital city, but on a visit, when he was picked up for interrogation.”

    “To set the record straight, all the issues raised by your paper above only exist in the figment of your imagination. This attitude of yours is highly unprofessional and capable of heating up the polity and has indeed brought the name of our client to great disrepute. We are constrained to set the records straight by informing you that our client was not arrested as reported by your newspaper.”

    Explaining the real reason for his invitation to the anti-graft office, the solicitor noted that, “to set the records straight, Col Adegbe was not arrested by EFCC as claimed by your newspaper. It is known fact that Col Adegbe has been in the UK for studies having been released by the Nigerian Army to do so.

    “The EFCC wrote the military authority to invite our client for questioning with respect to an ongoing investigation to clarify certain allegations made against him. The military authority invited him back to Nigeria, which he willingly came in and reported to the office of the provost marshal in Abuja on Wednesday 10th February 2016. Due to his late arrival and the inability of the Army to complete their documentation, he was asked to report to the Garrison Mess in Mogadishu Cantonment in line with military tradition till the next day. Upon completion of the necessary paper work, he was excorted to the EFCC where he wrote his statement and was interrogated.

    “We are also familiar with the statement he wrote at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and are also acquainted with answers he gave to questions, so we are at a complete loss as to how your newspaper arrived at that highly sensational and false story. The lawyers and representative of the Nigerian Army were present through out the interrogation. There was never a time Col. Adegbe threatened to burn down Nigeria.

    “He has demanded a retraction of the said story with the same banner headline and an apology from the Sun Newspaper within 12 hours to avoid legal action.

    “In view of your false and malicious statements, we demand a retraction of the false story with the same banner headline and an apology for your fictitious and highly embarrassing report. The retraction and apology must carry and be accorded the same prominence not less than 7 editions of your publication. We also demand that the retraction be syndicated to all your prints and the online media links in the same way and manner you spread the false story.

    “We demand this to be effected within 12 hours while we advise our client on the legal implication of this malicious publication,” the statement added.

    ——–

    Personal note: Recall the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Propaganda and Lying, Femi Adesina came from sun.

  • Burning Spear

    Jonathan’s ADC Never Made The Statement Accredited Him By The Presidency, Demands Retraction And Apology

    Yet another lie from the pit of hell peddled by the presidential handlers and APC gets busted.

    As reactions continue to trail a recent statement attributed to Col. Ojogbane Adegbe, former aide-de-camp to immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, the military personnel has debunked ever threatening to open a can-of-worm about his erstwhile principal.

    Col. Adegbe, while expressing shocks and disbelief over the recent viral report, which quoted him as saying that if he was forced to reveal what transpired under the last administration, Nigeria will boil, had demanded an unreserved apologia from the management of the Sun Publishing Limited for dragging his hard-earned name to the mud.

    He said his recent visit to the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was never in connection with the controversial arms scandal.

    Reacting to the report, the military official in a letter by his solicitor, Chief Ogwu Onoja, SAN, and exclusively obtained by DAILY POST, denied ever making such controversial statement against his former boss during his interrogation at the EFCC office.

    According the letter, “We have read with shock and disbelief the lead story in your newspaper, dated Friday 12th February, 2016, titled: “If I open up, Nigeria will burn. Detained Jonathan’s ex-ADC warns, as EFCC declares Tompolo wanted” .

    The lawyer, while describing the report as false, misleading and defamatory, said it had caused significant harm to his client’s good name and reputation.

    He said, “we have examined the full story contained on page 7 of the paper and the different statements credited to him and compared them with provable facts. This comparison shows without any doubt whatsoever that, among others, the following of your statements about what transpired are false

  • Rommel

    This president has been very kind and civil by allowing these PDP appointees to remain in political offices several months after the PDP were flushed from power.He has my respect,I hope other politicians can learn from him

    • PlusOne

      They’re sure learning not to employ any Fulani on the next republic, and will flush APC lunatics off their rides gradually…

  • ‘incense & frankincense’

    @disqus_MSz5KF4VNF:disqus

    Nigerians! Nigerians! Nigerians! A fascist government is upon you.
    Nowhere in history was a fascist government removed by election.
    A fascist government with an Islamist hue, like APC, is a virulent strain.
    Nigerians are in trouble but they do no know this truth, as they see it unfold.

    A fascist government corrals the entire country’s media to tell big lies to the public.
    So does a fascist government turn the whole private media into praise-singing fanatics.
    My heart and prayers are with Premium Times as the only media left standing today.

    • Deedee

      incense: THE ONLY NEWS-MEDIA NIGERIANS WILL GO TO WAR TO DEFEND IS PREMIUM TIMES.

    • Sir Demo

      @Goebbel! How market?

      • ‘incense & frankincense’

        Sir Demo: Tell me. Which newspaper in Nigeria is consistently truthful, mention one! Just one.
        Which on-line newsmedia is consistently truthful under President Buhari – apart from Premium Times?
        Mention any other one. None! Look, you guys don’t see far ahead. We are dealing with a worst form
        of fascism here. APC plots to control public opinion. To do so, it hires useless publishers and editors
        to praise Buhari’s failures as genius; or to say nothing about those failures. The Publishers and Editors
        then get paid blood money for helping to blindfold their countrymen for APC rabble-rousers.

  • Sir Demo

    Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board(NCDMB) or New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), give me one of these agencies and I will perform wonders

    • aisha ani

      Abi, my brother. I know send, they must make way for us jare.

  • Ngozi

    He is to replace them with half baked northerners. An ethnic biased Lord.

    • favourtalk

      Get over your ethnic sentiment. It is affecting your good judgment

    • Mohammed Shuaib

      Ngoni
      What’s your qualification?

      • PlusOne

        Better than yours, for sure!

    • Rasaki Taiwo

      Hun,Ngozi, Ngozi,anyone who is not from tribe is your enemy, could you please for once try to be tolerant, God is the only one who is perfect, as human being we have our shortcomings, so Madam take it easy.

  • favourtalk

    Enough with the old faces that stole and milked Nigerian dry. God bless PMB on this decision, which needs to be addressed with good appointee to Kickstart the change agenda. Way to go sir

    • PlusOne

      Men of little faith!
      Whatever happened to “this is what I expect from you, else you’re fired” instead we get those with better inside knowledge off the job at hand to retired compulsorily and then in a poor judgement declare some junior Fulani tribes men and hungry mouths, probably with the least intellect for the respective new roles? Habba!!!

  • AFRICANER

    So a guy submits a fraudulent Budget, the assembly busts him, he turns around and started pointing fingers, firing everybody who’s got nothing to do with it, and tearing up the whole place? It’s always something with this president.

    It seems to me that the president is the constant in all these scandals, and everyone else is a variable. Perhaps when he himself is fired, then progress and normalcy could return.

    • aisha ani

      We all know this was going to happen anyway, should have been done from day one. Good job, next!!!!!!!

  • anthony24g

    The action is a double-edged one that can send a message to all leaders of government organisations to be more professional and not corrupt in their job or lose it. The other-side is that the organisations might lose experienced heads who might have fought not to compromised their professionalism in the past and need just a warning to produce an agreed and effective action plan to correct forced mistakes of the past.
    Even in most transparent Western countries leaders of government organisations face occasions that require them to compromise their professionalism. It is the ability of the head to judge between one liable for prosecution in the courts for financial corruption to one liable to be judged as choice between different political and economic preference. The latter choice can lead to loss of job when another political party is in charge. We do not know yet whether some of them losing their job is due just to a change of government with different political and economic preferences and views to that of the head. It is required from Buhari government to provide information and clues to the reasons for the loss of jobs by each head/director of the government organisations mentioned. Otherwise there will be different interpretations and unfavourable insinuations for removing the heads/directors.

  • bikky

    Spiritual cleansing!

  • Excisionist

    What a bity, Buhari is ethnically cleansing everywhere and these almajiris in this forum are rejoicing. Watch out ! Nigeria is matching backwards