After almost three months in office, President Muhammadu Buhari finally appointed Abba Kyari as Chief of Staff and Engr. Babachir David Lawal from Adamawa State as Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The President, who stunned Nigerians by not appointing anyone from the South-East for the coveted position of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, also approved the appointment of former military administrator of Kaduna state, Col Hameed Ali (rtd) as Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS and Kure Martin Abeshi as Comptroller of Nigeria Immigrations Service, NIS.
According to a press statement signed by Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President also appointed two former lawmakers to interface between him and the National Assembly.
He also appointed former Senate Committee Chairman on Rules and Business, Senator (Barr) Ita Enang as Senior Special Assistant on Senate Matters and former Minority Whip in the House of Representatives, Hon Suleiman Kawu as Senior Special Assistant on House of Representatives affairs.
According to the press statement, Engr. Lawal, the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation, hails from Hong Local Government Area, Adamawa State. He graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree and worked with the Delta Steel Company, Aladja, Nigerian External Telecommunications Limited and Data Sciences Limited before establishing his own ICT and Telecommunications consulting firm in 1990.
He is also a member of the Nigeria Computer Society, the Nigeria Society of Engineers and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria.
Alhaji Abba Kyari, the new Chief of Staff to the President holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick in Law and Sociology. He has worked with the New Nigeria Development Company, New Africa Holdings, African International Bank, United Bank for Africa, Unilever, and Mobil in various capacities over the years.
The new Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Ali holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Criminology. He was military administrator of Kaduna State from 1996 to 1998.
The new Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mr. Abeshi hails from Nasarawa State. He joined the Nigerian Immigration Service in 1989 as an Assistant Comptroller. His educational qualifications include a Masters Degree in Public Administration.
The appointments according to Adesina, are with immediate effect.
Full list of appointments:
1. Engr. Babachir David Lawal–Secretary to the Government of the Federation
2. Alhaji Abba Kyari–Chief of Staff to the President
3. Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd.)–Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service
4. Mr. Kure Martin Abeshi – Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service
5. Senator Ita S.J. Enang – SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate)
6. Hon. Suleiman A. Kawu – SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives)