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Buhari Makes New Appointments in Key ICT Agencies

Some key reshuffling in agencies under the Ministry of Communications Technology and Digital Economy has been effected by the Presidency.

Key agencies such as the regulators, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) were affected by this change. Others are Galaxy Backbone, the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) and the Nigeria Communication Satellite (NigComSat) Limited.

A statement released by the Presidential Media Aide, Femi Adesina indicates that some of the new appointments will require Senate approval.

As part of the reshuffling, Architect Yusuf Kazaure, CEO of Galaxy Backbone has been moved to chair the NIgComSat Board, taking over from Dr. George Moghalu, and his office will be taken over by Professor Muhammed Bello Abubakar; while Dr. Ismail Adebayo Adewusi replaces Barrister Bisi Adegbuyi at NIPOST as Post-Master-General (PMG).

Similarly, Dr Abubakar Sa’id replaces Prof. Adeolu Akande as Board Chairman at NITDA, while Dr. Habibu Ahmed Imam replaces Dr. Lawal Bello Morik as board members. Dr. Mohammed Sa’idu Kumo was also appointed as Board Member.

At NigComSat, Dr. Najeem Salam replaces Hon. Samson Osagie as Executive Director, Marketing and Business Development; while Professor Abdu Ja’afaru Bambale replaces Kazeem Kolawole Raji as Executive Director, Technical Services and Hadi Mohammed replaces Mohammed Lema Abubakar as Executive Director, Administration.

At the NCC, the President replaced the current Board Chairman, Senator Olabiyi Durojayi with Prof. Adeolu Akande, while Mr. Uche Onwude replaces Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Ararume as Non-Executive Commissioner. Both appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

The reshuffling, according to the Presidency is meant to align the agencies and industry as a whole, to the vision of a digital economy.

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