The swearing-in ceremony which brought Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu into office as the Special adviser on Economic Matters was held at the Council Chambers Presidential Villa, shortly before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
During the event which took place under the chairmanship of President Buhari, four special advisers and the recently appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also sworn in.
Among the presidential aides sworn in were:
- Malam Tijani Abdullahi, Special Adviser to the President on Budget and National Planning. He is a fellow of the Certified National Accountants of Nigeria and a banker of repute with experience in managing public finance.
- Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Office of the Vice President. Ojudu, from Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, represented the Ekiti Central Senatorial District in the Senate between 2011 and 2015 on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria and later the All Progressives Congress. Before joining politics, Mr. Ojudu was a journalist and was one of the founders of TheNews magazine and its sister publications, Tempo, PMNews and the defunct AMNews.
- Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Office of the Vice President. He is currently the Director of the Capacity Development Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and was previously the Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre at the UNECA. Dr. Dipeolu also served in the Nigerian Presidency, the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations in Geneva, and in the Nigerian diplomatic missions in Pretoria, South Africa; Addis Ababa; Ethiopia, and Caracas, Venezuela.
- Mrs. Maryam Uwais, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment. Mrs. Uwais is a respected lawyer with over 30 years experience, including serving as principal partner at Wali Uwais & Co, an Abuja-based law firm.
- Amb. Rafiu Enikanolaye, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was appointed for the position in July, 2016.
The four special advisers were among the 15 approved for Buhari by the National Assembly last year. Some others had since resumed work having been inaugurated earlier.
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