Tony Ailemen and Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday, approved appointment of his Special Adviser on Planning, Mr. Ben Akabueze as Director General of the Budget Office of the Federation.
His appointment which was conveyed in a statement said issued by the President’s media adviser, Femi Adesina, said Akabueze would swap position with his predecessor, Mr. Tijani Mohammed Abdullahi.
According to the statement, Mr. Abdullahi is now Special Adviser to the President on Planning.
He will also work with the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma.
“Their redeployment is part of an ongoing exercise aimed at further repositioning the Ministry to effectively deliver on its core mandate,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, the President has submitted a list of 47 persons to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for clearance for appointment as ambassadors and high commissioners.
Sen. Saraki, who read the letter containing their names on the floor at plenary, said President Buhari was seeking confirmation of the nominees for appoinment.
Obinna Chukwuemeka, Okeke Vivian, Ngozi Okeje, Bello Kazaure, Garba Baba, Umar Salisu, Kadiri Ayinla Audu, Ibrahim Isa, Bankole Adeoye, Ibrahim Hamza, KC Nwachukwu, Olufemi Abekoye, Adekunbi Abibat, Salisu Umoru, Liman Munir, Mohammed Hassan Hassan, Olatunde Adesesan, Usman Bakure, Balogun Akeem and Kabiru Bala are some of the names on the list.
Akabueze served as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of NAL Bank Plc in 2000. He was also Executive Director at Sterling Bank Plc. He has been through Pricewaterhouse (Chartered Accountants), Nigerian International Bank Limited (Citibank Nigeria), Fidelity Bank Plc and United Bank for Africa Plc.
He became commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget in Lagos from 2007 to 2015. He was awarded the JF Kennedy Scholar award, National Merit Scholarship for academic excellence (1982), Second Place Merit Prize – Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria Professional Exams (1984), Citibank Global Account Management award (1991) and the Distinguished Citizen Award – Anambra State Development Foundation (2003).
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Akabueze is also a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administrators (FCA) and an Honorary Member, Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIBN). He is an Alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School.