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Buhari Flouts the Senate, Appoints New Acting DG of NDE

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Abubakar Fikpo as the acting Director General of the National Directorate of Employment after the sacking of Argungu last year.

Before now, Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour, had been supervising the parastatal, following the sacking of Dr. Nasiru Argungu that the President felt was necessitated after the 774, 000 jobs controversy.

Festus Keyamo.

The Senate had at the time, requested the President to reinstate Dr. Argungu.

However, the appointment of anyone into any Federal Government parastatal, is by law supposed subject to Senate screening.

Fikpo who was nominated by Keyamo, according to Buhari’s directive is to man the affairs of the NDE until a substantive replacement is found.

According to the statement released by Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Media and Publicity aide, which was titled ‘President Buhari approves nomination of Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo as the acting DG of the National Directorate of Employment:’ “President Muhammadu Buhari has formally conveyed to the Hon. Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, his approval of the nomination of Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo as the Acting Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment pending the appointment of a substantive Director-General for the Agency.”

President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Last month, the President relieved the former DG of the agency of his appointment, and directed the Minister to nominate an Acting DG to superintend over the Agency pending the appointment of a substantive DG.”

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