Buhari Appoints APC NWC Members, Others as Chairmen of 209 Boards
209 is coming and the president may be seeking to appease already aggrieved members of the APC.
Buhari in one fell swoop on Friday appointed 209 board chairmen and 1,258 members of government owned agencies and parastatals.
The latest appointments is the largest President Buhari ever made since 2015 when he assumed office.
The was announced by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
Among the appointees are several members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and a hordes of other party stalwarts.
In some of the key appointments, the President was named the Chairman of National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority.
The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will chair four agencies.
They include the National Space Research and Development Agency (NARSDA), National Boundary Commission, Border Communities Development and National Planning Commission (NPC).
The party’s legal adviser, Muiz Banire is now the chairman of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria(AMCON). Senator Olorunimbe Mamora is the chairman of Abuja Investment and Infrastructure Centre.
The party’s secretary, Mai Mala Buni, is the chairman of the Shippers Council. Bolaji Abdullahi, the publicity secretary of the party is in charge of the National Sugar Development Council(NSDC).
Former governors of Ekiti state, Niyi Adebayo and Segun Oni were also named as chairmen. Adebayo is in charge of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria(FAAN). Oni who is a vice-chairman of the APC has been posted to Nigerian Export Processing Zone. while Senator Ayo Arise, a recent kidnap victim will chair Sheda Science and Technology Complex.
Demola Seriki, a former minister of state for defence is the chairman of the National Maritime Academy of Nigeria in Oron. Former Speaker House of Representatives, Patricia Olubunmi Etteh is the new chairman of the National Hospital, Abuja. A former deputy speaker, Chibudom Nwuche is in charge of Federal Medical Centre Lokoja.
Dr. Leke Pitan, a former commissioner for health in Lagos, under Bola Tinubu was appointed chairman of National Agricultural Extension Research Liaison Services in Zaria. Teju Philips, also a former Lagos commissioner is the chairman of Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan.
George Moghalu is the chairman of the Nigerian Communications Satellite(NIGCOMSAT). General John Shagaya is the chairman of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru Jos.
Former deputy governor of Plateau state, Pauline Tallen is the new chairman of National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS(NACA). Former deputy governor of Ondo state, Ali Olanusi, will chair the Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority, while a former deputy governor of Lagos, Femi Pedro is the chairman of Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria.
Timi Alaibe, former Managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, is heading to Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority as chairman.
Pastor Yomi Kasali will head the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission. Dapo Abiodun, Chairman of Heyden Petroleum, who contested for the senatorial seat of Ogun East in the 2015 election was named as the new chairman of Corporate Affairs Commission.
According to Boss Mustapha, all the appointments take immediate effect.