President Tinubu Suspends Rural Eletrification Agency (REA) Managing Director and Team

President Tinubu Suspends Rural Eletrification Agency (REA) Managing Director and Team

In response to recent revelations uncovered during a comprehensive investigation into the financial activities of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), President Bola Tinubu has taken decisive action by approving the indefinite suspension of the Managing Director/CEO of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, along with three Executive Directors of the Agency.

The suspended officials are:

1. Olaniyi Alaba Netufo — Executive Director, Corporate Services
2. Barka Sajou — Executive Director, Technical Services
3. Sa’adatu Balgore — Executive Director, Rural Electrification Fund (REF)
In a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President, President Tinubu has directed a broader investigation into the conduct of the aforementioned officials, concerning a fraudulent misexpenditure amounting to over N1.2 billion over the past two years, with some of the funds already recovered by anti-graft agencies.

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In light of these developments, President Tinubu has appointed the following qualified Nigerians to serve in the new management team of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) in acting capacities with immediate effect:

1. Abba Abubakar Aliyu — Managing Director/CEO
2. Ayoade Gboyega — Executive Director, Corporate Services
3. Umar Abdullahi Umar — Executive Director, Technical Services
4. Doris Uboh — Executive Director, Rural Electrification Fund (REF)
5. Olufemi Akinyelure — Head of Project Management Unit, Nigeria Electrification Project

President Tinubu emphasizes the imperative for all appointees in his administration to adhere to the highest standards of transparency and accountability in the execution of their duties. He reiterates his unwavering commitment to advancing the aspirations of Nigerians for good governance and qualitative service delivery, prioritizing the collective interests of the Nigerian people over individual agendas.

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