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Why President Buhari Sacked NEMA DG

The Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Y. Maihaja, has been sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari.

His sack according to sources, is as a result of controversies that have engulfed the agency during his tenure of office.

His four-year tenure which could have ended officially by April 2021, had been engulfed in crisis, with the sacked DG at loggerheads with his local chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC in Yobe State as well as the House of Representatives which accused him in 2018 of inefficiency and mismanagement of resources.

As reported by Vanguard newspaper, a committee was set up by the National Assembly to investigate the release of N5.9 billion Food Intervention in the North-east, N3.1 billion Food Intervention in the same region, release of N1.6 billion for Libyan returnees, release of N1.6 billion Flood Intervention for 16 states and donation of 6,779 Metric Tons of rice by the Chinese Government.

He has been replaced as the DG of the agency by AVM Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammed (Rtd.)

A statement issued by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation stated thus: “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of AVM Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammed (Rtd.) as the new Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)”.

According to the statement, the appointment took effect from Thursday, 30th April, 2020, for an initial period of 4 years in accordance with Section 3 of the National Emergency Management Agency Act.

“The erstwhile Director General, Engr. Mustapha Y. Maihaja has been directed to handover all official matters to AVM Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammed (Rtd.) immediately.

“The President thanked the out-gone Director-General for his services and charged the new appointee to serve with diligence and commitment,” the statement from the office of the SGF stated.

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