Tony Ailemen, Abuja
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday continued his reorganization of public institutions with the axing of two more top civil servants, Monday.
As part of the process, the President yesterday approved the appointment of Mrs. Asabe Asmau Ahmed as new Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF). Mrs. Ahmed, who is currently the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, takes over from Mrs. Sharon Adefunke Kasali who has been Executive Secretary of PEF since 2007.
The new PEF Executive Secretary hails from Niger State and holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, respectively. She is expected to put her years of experience in public service to good use in reengineering, repositioning and re-invigorating PEF for present and future challenges.
In a related development, President Jonathan also yesterday, approved the appointment of Mr. Denzil Amagbe Kentebe as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Management Development Board (NCDMB). Mr. Kentebe, an architect with years of experience in strategic planning and policy management, takes over from Engineer Ernest Nwapa who has been Executive Secretary of the NCDMB since April 2010.
The President had also yesterday, held a valedictory session with members of the Presidential Advisory Committee on International Relations, headed by former CommonWealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyoku.
But speaking with State House Correspondents after the meeting, Chief Anyoku described the meeting with President Jonathan as “excellent Valedictory meeting” adding that “ it is the last we are meeting with the outgoing President”
“We told him that our nation Nigeria owes him a huge debt of gratitude for what he has done in terms of the success of the elections and above all in terms of the gesture of picking up the telephone and congratulating the President elect even before the final results of the elections were announced.”
He noted that “this singular act has earned our country a great deal of admiration and respect abroad” “We thanked him and congratulated him and wished him well in his future endeavour.