Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been appointed to replace the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir David Lawal as chairman of the presidential committee on the reconstitution of federal government boards of parastatals, agencies and commissions.
Similarly, President Muhammadu Buhari also appointed chairman of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agencies (NDLEA), Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah as head of secretariat.
Sources reveal that the SGF is no longer in charge of that responsibility, for obvious reasons. Recall that the embattled SGF was accused by the Senate of corruption in the award of contracts at the Presidential Initiative on North East (PINE).
The Senate had demanded that the SGF resign over his involvement in a 223- million naira contract meant for the humanitarian crisis management in the northeast.
Babachir Lawal, who allegedly owns one of the companies awarded contracts in the rehabilitation of the North-East, was found to have been involved in allocating contracts to himself without executing them.
The Senate said they investigated massive fraud involving the supply of relief materials, but regretted that the SGF awarded the contract to himself.
Babachir Lawal through his company, ‘Rholavision Engineering Limited’ which was a communication and technology firm, was allegedly executing a project for supplies of Tarpaulin to IDPs which he never completed and still went ahead to pay himself, but the items were not fully delivered.
Consequently, it was reported that President Buhari had begun searching for a new SGF following Lawal’s indictment.
In his New Year message, President Buhari noted that his government is aware of some mistakes and wrong doings in handling the affairs of IDPs, and measures are being taken to correct those mistakes and punish the culprits.