In apparent response to the multiple controversies that flawed the 2016 budget, President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Director-General of the Budget Office, Mr. Yahaya Gusau who is to be replaced by Mr. Tijjani Abdullahi as the new Director-General in charge of the Budget Office of the Federation.
The President also approved the appointment of Ben Akabueze as the Special Adviser on Planning to the Minister of Budget and National Planning. This was made known in a statement signed by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President, (Media & Publicity) dated February 15, 2015. The two appointments are to take effect immediately.
Buhari’s 2016 budget proposals presently under consideration by the National Assembly, has been widely ridiculed as riddled with errors and provisions which civic groups say may undermine his anti-graft war.
Mr. Gusau, who replaced Bright Okogu (who completed two terms of office), was appointed to the office on August 18, 2015, for a term of four years that could have been renewed for another four years. But he has now been sacked less than six months after.
The new Director-General (Budget) is expected to work with the Minister of Budget and National Planning to efficiently deliver on the mandates of the Budget Office of the Federation.
Mr. Abdullahi, is a fellow of the Certified National Accountants of Nigeria, and a banker of repute with experience in managing public finance.
Mr. Ben Ifeanyi Akabueze, who is the immediate past Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget in Lagos State, has worked in senior management positions in Citi Bank, Fidelity Bank, United Bank for Africa, NAL Merchant Bank, Sterling Bank and BIA Consulting Limited, among others.
He is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers; Fellow, Institute of Credit Administrators and Honorary Fellow, Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Also, Yesterday February 15, 2016, President Buhari sacked heads of 26 federal parastatals, agencies and commissions and appointed former House of Representatives member, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa as his Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora.