•  Names new DGs of Information agencies
  •  Massive shake-up at AEPB

As part of activities marking democracy day and President Muhammadu Buhari’s one year in office, Monday has been declared a public holiday by the federal government.
A statement signed by the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Bassey Akpanyung yesterday stated that the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), assured Nigerians that with the signing into law of the 2016 budget, the country would witness a new deal, especially as it concerns the social intervention programmes aimed at improving the living conditions of the populace.
“Dambazau congratulates Nigerians on the attainment of one year in office of President Muhammadu Buhari and enjoined all to continue to support the president in his sustained effort in building a peaceful, enduring and democratic legacy. The minister wishes all Nigerians a happy Democracy Day celebration,” the statement said.
New DGs for parastatals
In the meantime, the federal government yesterday announced six new directors-general of agencies in the Information Ministry to replace those who were disengaged on February 15.
In the new appointment, Bayo Onanuga, editor-in-chief of TheNEWS, was named the managing director of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.
A statement by Segun Adeyemi, the special adviser to the Minister of Information and Culture, Ishaq Modibo Kawu, a Vanguard columnist, is now the director-general, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, NBC; Mansur Liman, an editor at BBC Hausa, is the new director-general, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, and Osita Okechukwu, spokesman for the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, and a long time loyalist of President Buhari, was named the director-general, Voice of Nigeria, VON, while Yakubu Mohammed was named the director-general of the Nigerian Television Authority NTA.
“Their appointments take immediate effect,” the statement declared.
Massive shake up hits AEPB
In another development, Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has approved the immediate removal of the director, Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, Baba Shehu Lawan, who has been replaced by Mrs. Oluwatoyin Omolola Olanipekun.
The minister has also approved the immediate removal of all heads of department as well as heads of units under the board, and directed their deputies to immediately take charge.
The minister made these changes on Wednesday after he and the FCT permanent secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, met with the former management team of the AEPB.
Malam Bello directed the director of the FCT Establishment and Training who was also part of the meeting, to issue the new appointees with their appointment letters.
He warned that all lackadaisical attitudes to work must be stopped forthwith as Abuja must be rid of filth, street beggars, street hawkers and all other environmental nuisances immediately.
The minister remarked that a lot of things were not going on well at the board and further warned the new team to work to change the tide immediately.
He said that the former director and his management team should ensure all handing over processes were completed by Friday, May 27, 2016.
Meanwhile, the minister has also directed that the former management team of the board be constituted into a special task force on the recovery of N9.8 billion debt owed AEPB.
Malam Bello instructed that the new task force be headed by the former director of the board and was given eight weeks to do the recovery into FCT Administration’s coffers.
At the meeting, the minister also approved the appointment of Squadron Leader Abdullahi Adamu Monjel (rtd) to head a special team of 200 security personnel drawn from the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, to assist in the enforcement of environmental laws in Abuja.
The minister was however quick to warn the new management and special team to conduct their duties within the ambit of the law.
Bello further warned that the FCT Administration would not tolerate any act of abuse of fundamental human rights of the residents in the discharge of their duties.
He urged them to diligently do their job by following and applying the law and due process.
The new acting director, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Omolola Olanipekun is formerly the deputy director, Environmental Degradation & Development Monitoring, in the AEPB.