Buhari  Approves New Appointments/Renewals


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Abuja: President Muhammadu Buhari has on Friday given the approval for the appointment of some chief executives and renewed tenures of others at some federal parastatals and agencies.

This is contained in a statement released on Friday by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF),  Boss Mustapha and signed by Director, Information in his office, Willy Bassey.

According to the release, President Buhari ratified the appointment of Dauda Ali Biu as the Corp Marshal/Chief Executive Officer, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) effective 23rd December, 2022 for an initial term of four years.

President Muhammadu Buhari

Also, Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye    of NAFDAC  was re-appointed as Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), effective 1st December 2022 for a final term of five years.

Equally, Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila was re-appointed as Director-General National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) effective 21st November 2022 for a final term of four years.

Meanwhile, five executive directors were re-appointed in four of the nation’s River Basin Development Authorities.

They were Engr. Bello Sani Gwarzo, who was re-appointed Executive Director (Planning), Hadejia Jama’are River Basin Development Authority effective 23rd November 2022 for a final term of three years.

Also, the duo of Engr. Olatunji Babalola, Executive Director (Engineering); and Engr. Adewale Adeoye, Executive Director(Planning and Design), have their position renewed effective 23rd November 2022 for a final term of three years in office.

On his part, Bashir Bala Zango, Executive Director (Planning), Sokoto Rima Basin Development Authority has his tenure renewed effective 23rd November 2022 for a final term of three years.

While Mrs. Ononuju Mary Nwabunor, Executive Director (Agricultural Services), Benin Owena River Basin Development Authority was freshly appointment, effective 19th  December 2022 for an initial term of three years.

The president congratulates all the appointees and urged them to bring their wealth of experience to bear on their duties.

Gov. Ganduje passes N268bn budget into law

In another report, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Thursday signed N268 billion 2023 appropriation bill into law.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor in November presented N245 billion to the State House of Assembly for approval.

Speaking shortly after signing the document, Gov. Ganduje said the budget was reviewed upward to N268 billion by the legislators to cater for social and economic development of the state.

Ganduje remarked that the budget was designed to expedite completion of the ongoing projects and initiate new ones.

While commending the cordial relationship the executive has with the legislature Gov. Ganduje reiterate his unwavering commitment to implement the budget in accordance with the law.

In his remark the Speaker, Alhaji Hamisu Chidari explained that the House had reviewed the budget upward by about N23 billion.

“We had interactions with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and also had public hearing where we collected so many inputs which attracted more money to the tune of N23 billion,” he said. (NAN)

No Plan to introduce N2,000, N5, 000 and N10,0000………….CBN

In another report, in its effort to douse the apprehension associated with the planned redesign of Naira, The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has debunked the rumor of its purported readiness to introduce higher denominations in the range of N2,000 and N 5,000

Vidia.ng has it that as preparations are on top gear to redesign some of the existing Naira notes, Nigerians have expressed their apprehension especially with the economic implications of introducing higher currency denominations. This is against the backdrop of the speculations that N2,000 and N5,000 notes would also be introduce by the CBN.

In an interview he granted the Hausa Service of the Voice of America on Monday the Director of Currency Operations, Alhaji Ahmed Bello Umar emphasized that the highest Naira denomination in Nigeria remains the N1,000 note

Mr Bello, has warned that Nigerians should be wary of fraudsters and that the wrath of the law waits anyone caught with fake banknotes.

He stressed that anybody caught should be reported to the law enforcement agencies.

He pointed out that one of the reasons of currency redesigning is to curb the menace of counterfeiting of Naira notes and this has a backing of the law.

In his remarks he said “There won’t be any denominations above the N1000 note. Therefore, there is nothing like N2, 000, N5, 000, or N10,000 as being speculated.

“The highest value of the naira is still N1, 000. And for now, there is no reason or plan to introduce any higher denomination.

 “People should be careful so they don’t get hoodwinked by fraudsters. In fact, if anybody comes to you with such fake currency, we advise people to report them to security agencies.