Published On: Tue, Nov 6th, 2018

Buhari Appoints Abike Dabiri-Erewa As NDC Executive Chairman, Replaces Bode Mustapha

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By Sadiq Umar – President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed his Senior Special Adviser on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, as the new Executive Chairman of the Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NDC).

Already, the President has written to the Senate asking them to urgently confirm her nomination.

In a letter to the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, Mr. Buhari expressed the hope for an “expeditious consideration” by the senate.

The letter reads: “In compliance with section 2 (1) of the Nigeria Diaspora Commission, I write to forward for confirmation of the senate the confirmation of Hon. Abike Dabiri as the Executive Chairman/CEO of Nigeria Diaspora Commission. Her curriculum vitae is attached herewith.

“While I hope that hope that this request will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the distinguished senate.

“Please accept, Mr. Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration,” it further reads.

Similarly, Mr. Buhari is seeking the approval of the Senate to substitute Olabode Akin Mustapha with Ronke Shokefun, in an earlier appointment into the position of chairman of the governing board of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

Mr. Mustapha, a former House of Representatives and former National Auditor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was nominated for senate’s confirmation since March, but has not been cleared by the senate.

It is however not clear in the letter if that is the reason why Mr. Mustapha’s name is being replaced with Mrs. Shokefun.

“The distinguished senate is kindly invited to recall my earlier request for the confirmation of the appointment of Chief Olabode Akin Mustapha as the chairman of governing board of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC). That letter dated 27th March 2018, a copy attached herewith,” Mr. Buhari stated in his letter to the senate Tuesday.

“You may also recall that the nominee is yet to be confirmed by the senate and I write to inform you of my decision to substitute Chief Olabode Akin Mustapha with Mrs. Ronke Shokefun as chairman of the governing board.

“The distinguished senate is therefore kindly requested to consider and confirm the appointment of Mrs. Ronke Shokefun as chairman of the governing board of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) as well as other members whose names have earlier been forwarded.

“While I hope this request will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the distinguished senate, please accept, Mr. Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”

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