President Muhammadu Buhari has accredited a mid-level Public Official to move a vital electrification company.
Maybe to hide the truth that the appointment could be questioned by Nigerians, the appointee was described in a public press assertion as an professional with “vast knowledge and experience in power sector development”.
A Spokesperson introduced Tuesday that the President accredited the appointment of Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad because the Managing Director and Chief Govt Officer of the Rural Electrification Company.
Aaron Artimas, the Particular Adviser on Media and Communication to the Minister of Energy, made particulars of the appointment recognized in a press release in Abuja on Tuesday.
The assertion mentioned that Ahmad is a renewable power professional who holds two grasp’s levels in growth research and undertaking planning. He’s additionally mentioned to have “vast knowledge and experience in power sector development”.
Verify revealed, nevertheless, that Ahmad is a degree 12 Public Official and the son of Salihijo Mohammed Ahmed, a former Managing Director of Afri-Undertaking Consortium. Salihijo was a serious Undertaking Guide to the Petroleum Belief Fund PTF, and he died on July 7, 1999.
The late Salihijo died of coronary heart assault at Impresit Hospital, Abuja.
Whereas alive, he was a robust ally of Buhari, who was then the Chairman of PTF.
Buhari was appointed to move the PTF by the Late Army Head of State, Sani Abacha.
On Tuesday, the assertion asserting the appointment of Ahmad mentioned he has “vast experience in the power sector development”. Inside sources disputed the declare.
Investigations revealed that Ahmad graduated in 2006 with BSC Digital Engineering. After commencement, he served the obligatory Nationwide Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in 2007 and was employed in 2008 on the infrastructure Concession Regulatory Fee, ICRC, the place Mansur Ahmed, one-time Chairman of the Nigeria Financial Summit Group, NESG, headed.
Mr. (Mansur) Ahmed is claimed to be one of many new appointee’s uncles.
In 2010, whereas at ICRC, there was a directive that the employment grade of Mr (Salihijo) Ahmad and some others needs to be adjusted. Subsequently, his place was adjusted to Grade Degree 9 Step 2, in response to inside correspondence.
On the finish of his time at ICRC, he was posted on secondment as a Private Assistant to a minister. His final recognized appointment was on Grade Degree 12.
Insiders say opposite to the “vast experience” the brand new MD purportedly has within the energy sector, the most effective expertise for which his appointment was primarily based is his standing because the son of a person who was a former ally of Mr Buhari on the PTF.
The brand new appointment but once more raises questions on Mr Buhari’s penchant for appointing folks into positions of authority not essentially primarily based on monitor information of excellence however private relationships and nepotistic concerns.
Because it got here into energy in 2015, the Buhari-led authorities has been charged with a number of allegations of nepotism within the appointment of public officers and different key governmental choices.