The President of Nigeria Mahammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr. Ahmad Salihijo as the new CEO of Rural Electrification Agency (REA) of Nigeria.
Salihijo steps in following the suspension of former Managing Director of REA, Damilola Ogunbiyi, in December 2019.
However, on further investigation, Premium Times has discovered that the new CEO is a level 12 public official and the son of Salihijo Mohammed Ahmed, a former managing director of Afri-Project Consortium.
This has sparked debate in the public domain with claims against the President for displaying nepotism toward this appointment.
Ogunbiyi was instructed by the Nigerian Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, to hand over to the next most senior officer in the agency following some apparent infractions in the agency.
A statement by Aaron Artimas, the special adviser to the Minister on media and communication, said: “Consequently, the minister has directed an immediate investigation into the activities of the agency towards re-positioning it for better service delivery.”