Sacked Heads Of Agencies Defy Handover


Five of the 26 heads of government agencies sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari Monday have failed to vacate office 48 hours since the directive was issued, Daily Trust has learnt.

The sacked chief executives were directed to handover
to the most senior officers in their establishments pending the appointment of substantive china executives.
Enquiries by Daily Trust have shown that some of the sacked officials have stayed put, while others that let did so in a controversial manner, handing over to
officers other than the most seriously ones.

This, according to our findings, led to serious crisis in some organizations such that riot police had to be
called in to restore normalcy.
At the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF), sources said a formal handover is yet to take place.
The sacked executive secretary, Mrs. Asabe Asmau Ahmed, showed up for a meeting Tuesday during which she announced Alhaji Ahmed Bobboi as the acting ES instead of Hajiya Aisha Usman, who, sources said, is the most senior officer at the Fund.
“This is contrary to the directive from the government that the sacked CEO should hand-over to the must senior officer, who is Hajiya Aisha Usman” a source said.
Mrs. Usman, it was gathered, joined the board in 1997 as a manager and became a general manager in 2009
while Bobboi joined in 1998 as a deputy manager and was promoted to GM on February 1, 2016.
“The president could not have granted approval to counter a directive he issued. Some staff thought it
was intended to create confusion as in the case of NIMASA,” the source said.
Mrs. Ahmed neither picked calls nor replied that messages sent to her mobile phone for comment on the matter.

At the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), sources said Mr. Ahmed Farouk has not handed over ‘for now’.
“He said there are still things to be sorted out; I dont know what that means,” a source said.
Mr. Ahmed did not reply to text messages nor return calls when our reporter contacted him.
Daily Trust learnt that the agency’s General Manager, Human Resources, Moses M. Mbaba, is the must senior officer at the agency.
At the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), the General Manager, Nigerian Content, Ms Jacklyn Guyil, has been acting as the ES but is yet to
receive handover notes from Mr. Femi Ajayi.
When contacted, Mr. Ajayi said: “Somebody is already taking charge of PTDF; we are still working on our hand
over notes. Before this repeat development I went for a
seminar on oil and gas in the U.S, somebody was already acting and on coming back this happened. So,
the person continues to act while I prepare my handover notes.”

At the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) the face over who should succeed Emeka Ezeh seems to have
been settled.
Ezeh, it was learnt, handed over to the Bureau’s Director of Energy Infrastructure Babatunde Kuye on
Tuesday, a move that didn’t go down well with some other senior directors.
Speaking exclusively to Daily Trust the Bureau’s Heard of Media, Thomas Odemwingie, denied there was a
“There was no tussle. It was just that someone needed clarification on the criteria, which was validly given by
the former DG. It was amicably settled,” he said
On how Kuye emerged, he said, “All the contending
directors were employed the same day. So, the criteria
he then used were to say that Kuye had been acting for
him each time he was not around.”
Odemwingie said the first management meeting after
Ezeh’s exit was held yesterday to confirm that nobody
was laying claim to the post of the DG as the position
was now in Kuye’s grip.
Drama as Onwenu hands over
At the National Centre for Women Development
(NCWD), a mild drama ensued during the handover
ceremony by the former Director General, Onyeka
Onwenu yesterday.
The former DG was said to have angered the staff
when she sought to hand over to Mr Sadiq Umar, the
director, Planning, Research and Statistics instead of
Mr Abdulmalik Dauda, the director, Human Resource
Management, who is said to be the most senior.
At about 2pm yesterday when the handing over
ceremony began, staff blocked the DG’s car as well as
the entrance to the venue, shouting at the top of their
voices that she would not leave the premises until she
did the right thing.
Chairman of the Nigerian Civil Service Union, the NCWD
chapter, Musa Muhammed, said the staff used the
occasion to express their grievances.
Fearing that the situation will turn violent, mobile
policemen were called to calm the situation.
The acting director general, Mr Abdulmalik Dauda, told
Daily Trust that the situation was quite unfortunate but
that some level of calmness had returned to the centre
after the exit of Onwenu.
He said he joined the centre in 1993, and had worked
as acting DG on three occasions and that he was the
one who handed over to Ms Onwenu, adding that he
was taking over in acting capacity again.
“This handover was quite challenging because there
was a lot of tension, and the minister had to intervene
because the staff wanted to do some nasty things,” he
Chairman of the association of Senior Civil Servants of
Nigeria, NCWD chapter, Mr Emmanuel Omilearo, said
the former Director General had deprived them of their
rights to training, saying, “Since she came on board no
staff had been trained, how can we improve in our
ITF: Between Jos and Abuja
At the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), the two workers’
unions insisted the handover must take place in Jos,
headquarters of the fund, not Abuja.
The former DG, Mrs. Juliet Chukka-Onaeko, was yet to
hand over as at 3pm yesterday.
The leadership of the Senior Staff Association of
Communications, Transportation and Corporations
(SSACTC), and that of Amalgamated Union of Public
Corporations, Technical and Recreation Employees
(AUPCTRE), by close of work on Tuesday, met with
management staff at the headquarters in Jos, where
they voiced concerns against the uncertainty prevailing
over the transition, Kayode Alakija, president of the
senior staffs union told Daily Trust yesterday.
Alakija said the unions raised concerns against the
possibility of the outgoing DG handing over in Abuja.
“Jos is the headquarters of the fund, and it is supposed
to take place in Jos.” He said the outgoing DG cited
security concerns, as reasons for her not to hand over
at the headquarters, but he added: “We are not thugs,
nobody will attack her.”
Also, sources at the headquarters told Daily Trust that
Mrs. Juliet arranged for the hand over to take place in
a popular hotel in the Wuse II area of Abuja yesterday,
citing security concerns.
On Tuesday, Barrister Ifeoma Ihezue, the Deputy
Director for Public Relations confirmed to Daily Trust
that the former DG would handover to Mr. Dickson
Onuoha, the Director of Procurement, but Daily Trust
learnt that workers are poised for protest if she did not
hand over to Mr. Ari.
In a reaction, the former DG told Daily Trust on phone
that she had no idea of who to hand over to, and when
and where, adding that members of the management
had not told her what to do at about 1pm when she
spoke with our reporter.
“The management is having a meeting with the
minister (of Industry, Trade and Investment); they will
decide when and where I will do that. All the handing
over notes are coming from the departments, not from
me,” Mrs. Juliet said.
Na’iya to oversee TETfund again
At the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), the
former ES, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, endorsed the letter
from the federal government and briefed the Director in
Executive Secretary’s office, Malam Aliyu Na’iya, to
oversee the affairs of the office from Tuesday, a
source told Daily Trust yesterday.
The source said proper briefing for the hand over was
in progress and would be completed soon.
He said Na’iya had assumed the position of overseeing
the agency already and had convened the Executive
Management meeting to brief members on the
Malam Nai’ya handed over the position to Bogoro after
acting as the Executive Secretary of TETFund from
September 2012 to April 2014 at the exit of Prof
Mahmood Yakubu in 2014.
Now he is to oversee the affairs of the agency as the
most senior director not as an acting Executive
Secretary pending the appointment of a new one.

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