President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate resumption of Office of the newly appointed Governing Council and Managing Director/CEO of North East Development Commission (NEDC).
This is contained in a Press Statement on Friday signed by Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate resumption of the New Governing Council of the North East Development Commission on acting capacity pending Senate confirmation, in order to avoid Leadership vacuum in the Commission.
“President Muhammadu Buhari also approved the immediate resumption of the new Managing Director and CEO of North East Development Commission (NEDC), Umar Abubakar Hashidu in Acting Capacity pending confirmation by the Senate.
“This follows the expiration of the tenure of the former board and MD of the Commission on May 7, 2023.
“The President has also approved that Barrister Bukar Baale takes over as the Acting Chairman alongside 10 other members of the Governing board.
“President Buhari also directed the immediate hand over by the officer currently overseeing the office of the Managing Director to the newly appointed Acting MD/ Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect,” the statement added.
The Governing board comprised: Suwaiba Idris Baba, Executive Director, Humanitarian Affairs (North East, Taraba), Musa Umar Yashi, Executive Director, Administration and Finance, (North East, Bauchi), Dr Ismaila Nuhu Maksha, Executive Director, Operations (North East, Adamawa) and Umar Abubakar Hashidu, MD/CEO, (North East, Gombe).
Others are Onyeka Gospel-Tony, Member, (South East), Hon. Mrs Hailmary Ogolo Aipoh, Member, (South-South), Air Commodore Babatunde Akanbi (rtd), Member, (South West), Mustapha Ahmed Ibrahim, Member, (North West), Hadiza Maina, Member, (North Central) Alhaji Grema Ali, Member (North East) and a representative from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National planning.
Speaking after assuming duty with the board members at a brief ceremony in Maiduguri on Friday, the new Acting MD/CEO, Umar Abubakar Hashidu, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the confidence reposed in them to run the commission at this critical time of recovery in North East.
Hashidu also lauded the National Assembly and Northeast Governors for sustain support to the commission, and assured the commitment of new management to live upto expectation.
Hashidu who received the handover document from the overseeing Officer, Grema Ali, said the new management would study the handover note act accordingly.