FG Sacks FERMA MD, Directors
By Onyebuchi Ezigbo, Abuja
The Federal Government has relieved the Managing Director of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Mr. Olubunmi Peters, of his job with immediate effect.
Government also said it had approved the removal of the executive directors of the agency in a major shake-up said to be in line with the desire to reposition the organisation in view of its critical role in the administration's infrastructural development programme.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Minister of Works, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Lawrence Ojabor said President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua had approved the appointment of Mr. Kabir Abdullahi as the new Managing Director of FERMA.
The statement gave names and portfolios of the six new directors include, Mr. O. C. C. Ezedozie (Executive Director, Roads Maintenance and Management Services), Mr. B. Aganaba (Executive Director, Operations), Mr. Zakari Ayitogo, (Executive Director, Operations West), Mr. J. O. Popoola, (Executive Director, Engineering Services), Mr. Hafiz Ibrahim Ahmed (Executive Director, Finance and Accounts) and Mr. Wakil Adamu (Executive Director, Admin and Human Resources).
Abdullahi, an indigene of the President's home state, Katsina, takes over from the former MD, Peters, whose tenure was to end in March 2010.
Before his appointment, Abdullahi was the Executive Director, West Operation in the Agency.
According to the Federal Government, all appointments are with immediate effect, and for a four-year period in the first instance.
The statement said the changes at FERMA were part of efforts to strengthen and reposition the agency to facilitate the implementation of its infrstructural development programme.
"The appointments are aimed at repositioning and strengthening the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency in the discharge of its statutory functions to meet the expectations of government in its infrastructural development programme as encapsulated in Mr. President's seven-point agenda", it said.
THISDAY gathered that three of the newly appointed directors, Ahmed, Adamu, Ayitogo were apparently picked from outside the agency.
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