Buhari Approves Abubakar Fiko as Acting NDE DG

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President Muhammadu Buhari  on Monday approved the appointment of Abubakar Fikpo as the Acting Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) pending the appointment of a substantive DG.

The Senate had on December 10, 2020, urged the president to rescind his presidential directive which saw to the sacking of Dr. Nasiru Argungu, as the NDE DG.

However, in sacking Argungu in the wake of the controversy that trailed the Federal Government’s planned 774,000 jobs, Buhari directed the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, who supervises the agency,  to nominate an acting DG for the agency.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Monday, announced that Buhari has approved the nomination made by Keyamo.

The statement 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.

“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,” it read.

The resolution of the Senate asking Buhari to reinstate Argungu followed a point of order raised on the floor by the Senator representing Jigawa East Senatorial District, Ibrahim Hadejia, arguing that his removal could delay the take-off of the Federal Government programme aimed at providing jobs for 774, 000 Nigerians.

The Senate also urged the president to investigate the frosty relationship between Argungu and Keyamo.