President Bola Tinubu has sacked the heads of three agencies under the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy and appointed new ones to replace them. The president also reappointed two chief executives of other agencies and named a new special adviser on technology and the digital economy.
According to the statement, the president made the following appointments:
- Aminu Maida as the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), replacing Professor Umar Danbatta.
- Nkechi Egerton-Idehen as the Managing Director and CEO of Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT), replacing Tukur Funtua.
- Tola Odeyemi as the Postmaster General/CEO of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), replacing Sunday Adepoju.
- Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi as the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), retaining his position.
- Vincent Olatunji as the National Commissioner of the Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC), retaining his position.
- Idris Alubankudi as the Special Adviser to the President on Technology and Digital Economy, a new position.
The statement said that the appointments were in line with the president’s determination to maximally leverage Nigeria’s proven technological and digital economic prowess to reposition the nation’s economy towards greater financial inclusion.
The statement did not give any reason for the removal of the former heads of NCC, NIGCOMSAT, and NIPOST, who were appointed by former President Muhammadu Buhari. However, some of them had not completed their tenures before they were sacked.