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Tinubu Suspends REA CEO, Directors, Makes Fresh Appointments

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President Bola Tinubu has ordered the indefinite suspension of the Managing Director/CEO of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, alongside three executive directors of the agency.

Announcing the suspension in a statement on Thursday, the special adviser to President Tinubu on media and publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, detailed that the President also appointed a new management team for the agency.

Naija News reports that Ngelale in the statement detailed that the newly appointed individuals will be working in acting capacity.

He further disclosed that the President had ordered a wider investigation into the activities of the suspended officials.

The statement read, “In the light of new findings unearthed during a comprehensive investigation into the financial activities of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), President Bola Tinubu has approved the indefinite suspension of the Managing Director/CEO of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, alongside three Executive Directors of the Agency, from office:

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“(1) Olaniyi Alaba Netufo — Executive Director, Corporate Services (2) Barka Sajou — Executive Director, Technical Services (3) Sa’adatu Balgore — Executive Director, Rural Electrification Fund (REF)

“Furthermore, President Tinubu has ordered a wider investigation into the conduct of the aforementioned officials in a fraudulent misexpenditure amounting to over N1.2 billion over the past two years, some of which has already been recovered by anti-graft agencies.

“By the directive of the President, the following qualified Nigerians are appointed to serve in the new management team of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) in acting capacity with immediate effect:

“(1) Abba Abubakar Aliyu — Managing Director/CEO (2) Ayoade Gboyega — Executive Director, Corporate Services (3) Umar Abdullahi Umar — Executive Director, Technical Services (4) Doris Uboh — Executive Director, Rural Electrification Fund (REF) (5) Olufemi Akinyelure — Head of Project Management Unit, Nigeria Electrification Project

“President Bola Tinubu expects all appointees in his administration to uphold the highest standards of transparency and accountability in the discharge of their duties and reiterates his determination to elevate the yearnings of Nigerians for good governance and qualitative service delivery above the narrow interests of individuals who are entrusted to provide critical services to the Nigerian people.”

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