Buhari Dismiss Muhammad as Director-General of NEMA, Makes New Appointment

o realize this noble objective, and in order to ensure relevance and spread, persons of proven integrity from key ministries and organizations have been appointed into its Governing Board
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Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu A. Muhammed (rtd)

Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammed, the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, was fired by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday (NEMA).

After sacking Mohammed as NEMA director, the President named him chairman of the board of the National Senior Citizens Centre.

Buhari also gave his approval to Ahmed Mustapha Habib's appointment as the new NEMA chief.

In a statement made through his spokesman, Garba Shehu, the President approved the National Senior Citizens Centre's launch and immediately appointed a 12-member board.

“This is in line with Section 16 (2) (d) of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution as amended which mandates the State to provide adequate social services and improve the quality of life of the elderly.

 “The National Senior Citizens Centre was passed into law as the National Senior Citizens Centre Act, 2017 to cater to the needs of senior citizens (70 and above) in the country.

“To realize this noble objective, and in order to ensure relevance and spread, persons of proven integrity from key ministries and organizations have been appointed into its Governing Board.

“Consequently, President Buhari has appointed AVM. M.A. Muhammad (rtd) as the Chairman of the Board with Mansur Kuliya, representing the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; Dr. Chris Osa Isokpunwu representing the Federal Ministry of Health; Mr. Umar Abdullahi Utono representing the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing; and Dr. John Olushola Magbadelo representing Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity as members.

“Other members include: Mrs. Bulus Friya Kimde representing the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs; Mr. Sani Ibrahim Mustapha representing the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD); Professor Usman Ahmed representing the Geriatric Association of Nigeria; Arc. Mrs Victoria Onu representing the Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons (CORSOPIN) and three other stakeholders namely Dr. Dorothy Nwodo, Professor Mohammed Mustapha Namadi and Dr. Emem Omokaro who also serves as the Director-General,” the statement said.