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Buhari gives approval for immediate resumption of new NEDC Governing Council

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By Victoria Onehi

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 Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, in a statement disclosed that 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. 

He said the directive was to avoid

a vacuum in the day to day running of this very important and strategic commission pending the confirmation by the Senate.

The Governing board comprises 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.

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