Buhari reverses Jonathan’s NPA MD’s appointment, reinstates former MD

Habib Abdullahi
Habib Abdullahi
President Muhammadu Buhari has terminated the appointment of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Sanusi Ado Bayero, in what appears a reversal of his predecessor’s action.

The termination of Mr. Bayero’s appointment is with immediate effect, a statement by Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to the President, said.

“He is to hand over the management of the NPA and all government property in his possession to Habibu Abdullahi who has been reinstated as Managing Director of the NPA by President Buhari,” Mr. Adesina said.

“President Buhari wishes Mr. Bayero well in his future endeavours,” the statement added.

Mr. Bayero’s was among former President Goodluck Jonathan last-minutes appointments.

He was appointed to the position on April 29 after Mr. Abdullahi’s removal.

No reason was given for Mr. Abdullahi’s removal at the time.

The review of Mr. Jonathan’s last-minutes appointment is one of the key recommendations of the Ahmed Joda transition committee set up by Mr. Buhari before his assumption of office.

The recommendations is part of a portfolio of swift steps the committee believe Mr. Buhari must take within three months of assumption of power if he must succeed.

The committee, as exclusively reported by PREMIUM TIMES on June 29, said the president should review all appointments made by Mr. Jonathan in the last nine months, and “for strategic agencies requiring professional leadership, the government should terminate all appointments not based on merit”.


nlng Campaign AD

The Joda panel said such move will save costs associated with poor decision making by an incompetent management team, and must be delivered within 45 days of the new government.

That recommendation appears to take into consideration the last minute appointments by Mr. Jonathan after he lost the March 28 elections.

In less than two months, Mr. Jonathan, not previously given to readily hiring and firing, sacked dozens of top officials and replaced them before leaving office.


PT Mag Campaign AD

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: This space is available for a Text_Ad.. Call Willie on +2347088095401 for more information

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.