The Unfolding Staff of Yar`Adua`s Presidential Office
August 4, 2007 | posted by Nigerian Muse (Archives)



STAR INFORMATION:  The Unfolding Staff of Yar'Adua's Presidential Office


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August 14, 2007















Recent Appointments (Friday August 10  2007)




NNPC Group Managing Director  (Acting)

Mr. Abubakar Lawal Yar'Adua

Replaces Funso Kupolokun


Economic Adviser to President

Dr. Tanimu Yakubu Kurfi

Most recently

Deputy Chief of Staff


Special Adviser on Petroleum

Dr. Emmanuel O. Egbogah



Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE)

Mrs. Irene Chigbue



National Coordinator of the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP).

Dr. Magnus Kpakol



Director-General, State Security Service (SSS)

Mr. Afakirya Gadzama

Replaces Kayode Are


Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA)

Mr. Emmanuel Enarune Imohe

Most recently of Washington DC








(As of August 2, 2007)




Special Advisers to the President (SAP)




Energy and Strategic Matters

Rilwanu Lukman



Legal Matters

Dr . Wale Babalakin (SAN).




Mr.  Olusegun Adeniyi



Electric Power

Engr. Joseph Makoju



National Assembly

Senator Florence Ita-Giwa




Dr. Tunji Olagunju







Senior Special Assistants to President (SSAP)




Power Reform

Engr. FA Shomolu



C-in-C - Secretarial and Speech Writer

Mr Mathew Aikionbare




Captain Shehu Iyal




Alhaji Inua Baba



Presidential Air Fleet (PAF)

Usaini Bitrus Haruna



Presidential Air Fleet (PAF)

Baba Mohammed



Presidential Air Fleet (PAF)

Tunde Edorhe



Presidential Air Fleet (PAF)

Ismaila Dahiru Waziri







Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President





Ima Niboro







Senior Special Assistants to the Chief of Staff





Deaconnes JO Ayo




Gbolade Osinowo



Projects Monitoring

Gloria Iweka








Mr. Ad'Obe Obe







Other Appointments




Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) to the President

Dr. Tanimu Yakubu Kurfi



 DCOSto the Vice President

Chief Mike Oghiadomhe







Prior Major Appointments




Secretary to the Federal Government (SFG)

Alhaji Baba Gana Kingibe



Chief of Staff (COS) to the President

Maj Gen Abdullahi Mohammed



National Security Adviser (NSA)

Major-General Abdullahi Sarki Muktar



Head of Service of the Federation (HOSF)

Mrs. Ebele O. Okeke



Ag. Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA)

Alhaji Salihu Alhassan



Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Mrs Oluremi Oyo



Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP)

Mike Okiro








As Yar’Adua Becomes Acting NNPC GMD… Gadzama In, Chigbue Survives
•Kupolokun’s removal confirmed


By Yemi Adebowale in Lagos and Josephine Lohor in Abuja, 08.11.2007


Speculations about the removal of Mrs Irene Chigbue as Director-General of the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) had dominated discussions in the past few days. And she would indeed have been dropped yesterday as part of the ongoing efforts by President Umaru Yar’Adua to strengthen his administration. But a last minute change of mind in the Presidency changed all that.


Chigbue may have survived due to last minute change of heart in the Presidency which may not be unconnected with intense lobbying carried out on her behalf.

“The President decided that it would be better to retain Chigbue at least for now until a wider consultation on her possible replacement or otherwise is made,” a source said.


The Special Adviser to the President on Communi-cations, Olusegun Adeniyi, who spoke yesterday on the retention of Chigbue simply said, “as at now, the Director-General of the BPE still remains Mrs. Chigbue. All that you have been reading are speculations. Until there is confirmation, it remains speculation.”


However, the Presidency yesterday confirmed the removal of the incumbent Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engineer Funso Kupolokun, and announced the appointment of Dr. Tanimu  Yakubu Kurfi – formerly Deputy Chief of Staff to the President - as Chief Economic Adviser to the President.


Adeniyi said Yar’Adua had directed Kupolokun, to handover the management of the corporation to its most senior Group Executive Director, Abubakar Lawal Yar’Adua. He emphasised that the new acting GMD of NNPC (Yar’Adua) was not a relation of the President “but it so happens that they come from the same state.”


The President has also approved the appointment of Emmanuel O. Egbogah, as his Special Adviser on Petroleum.


Egbogah is to work with Alhaji Rilwan Lukman, who has already been appointed honorary Adviser to the President on Petroleum.


The Presidential spokes-person added: “one thing that I want to add here is that the President wants to restructure the oil sector completely and that is the reason for these appointments. Egbogah is a petroleum engineer who helped to restructure the Malaysian  Oil  Company.”

Yar’Adua joined the NNPC in 1977 and has been its Group Executive Director (Refineries & Petrochemicals) since 2003. He will act as GMD until further notice.

The Special Adviser to the President on Communi-cations said the President also approved the appointment of Mr. Afakirya A. Gadzama as the Director-General, State Security Service (SSS) and Mr. Emmanuel E. Imohe as the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).  Gadzama who, sources say, was once tipped to replace Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commis-sion (EFCC) takes over from Mr. Kayode Are. The incumbent National Co-ordinator of the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP, Dr. Magnus Kpakol, retained his position.


Kupolokun was appointed in 2003 to replace Jackson Gaius-Obaseki, while Chi-gbue took over from Dr. Julius Bala in March 2005. The position of the GMD of NNPC is perceived to be a political one. Kupolokun had been rumoured to be on his way out since Obasanjo’s tenure ended on May 29, 2007. But he remained in office in spite of the speculations.


For Chigbue, her role in the transactions sealed at the twilight of the administration of Obasanjo - believed to be fraught with anomalies – was said to have affected her image in the presidency. The sales were believed not to have gone through the due process, a mantra of the privatisation process.


The sale of major state enterprises was hurriedly concluded by the last administration to the extent that transactions involving about 30 Nigeria’s most prized assets were sealed in one day (May 17, 2007). The enterprises included Port Harcourt Refinery, Kaguna refinery, Ajaokuta Steel complex, Egbin Thermal Power Plant, Onigbolo Cement Company, National Arts Theatre, Tafawa Balewa, LPG depots and solid mineral sites across the country, amongst others.


Nigeria: Yar'Adua Appoints Lukman, Babalakin, Others As Advisers


This Day (Lagos )

2 August 2007 Posted to the web 2 August 2007

Josephine Lohor

President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua has approved the appointment of five Special Advisers and 13 Senior Special Assistants (SSAP). Out of the six advisers, four will work on a full time basis while two are honourary.The four full-time special advisers include Mr Olusegun Adeniyi (Communications), Senator Florence Ita-Giwa (National Assembly), Engr. Joseph Makoju (Electric Power) and Dr Tunji Olagunju (NEPAD).

The two honourary advisers include the former Presidential Adviser on Petroleum, Dr Rilwanu Lukman (Honourary Adviser on Energy and Strategic Matters) and Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN). The list of the 13 SSAs include Engr. FA Shomolu (SSAP, Power Reform), Mr Mathew Aikionbare (SSAP - C-in-C - Secretarial and Speech Writer), Captain Shehu Iyal (SSAP, Aviation) and Alhaji Inua Baba (SSAP - Protocol).

Others include four Captains under the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF) - Usaini Bitrus Haruna, Baba Mohammed, Tunde Edorhe and Ismaila Dahiru Waziri. They all have the titles SSAP (PAF).Mr Ima Niboro, the SSAP (Media) is in charge of media relations in the office of the Vice President.The three SSAPs who would work directly under the Chief of Staff include Deaconnes JO Ayo (SSAP - Economics), Dr Gbolade Osinowo (SSAP - Politics) and Princess Gloria Iweka (SSAP - Projects Monitoring). Mr Ad'Obe Obe still retains his portfolio as SSAP (SERVICOM).

Other appointments include that of the former Deputy Governor of Edo State , Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, who is the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) to the Vice President. Chief Oghiadomhe is to work with Maj Gen Abdullahi Mohammed (Chief of Staff) and Mr Tanimu Yakubu Kurfi, the DCOS to the President.

And with the strict compliance with the monetisation policy for officials of the State House, the Special Advisers and the SSAPs are not entitled to an official house, driver or vehicle.In addition, sources said that the Honourary Adviser or Presidential Counsellor would have no office accommodation. Therefore, they would receive neither salaries nor allowances. A source said they are to be treated "more or less as faculties whose knowledge and expertise the President can always draw upon at no cost to the tax payer or the federal government. "

Special Adviser (Communica-tions) to the President, Mr Adeniyi, who confirmed the political appointees to President Yar'Adua said that they were all in line with the President's vision. Respon-ding to the small number of the Advisers, Adeniyi stated that "yes, they appear small. But remember that the President had made it clear from the onset that appointments shall be based on need and that there will be no job for the boys. What the President wants is a lean, efficient and cost effective Presidency.

Based on this, the initial projection was to save about N500 million. But I guess that the savings will be more than what obtains presently. "The whole essence of the size is also because the President wants to avoid a situation which happened in the past when some Special Advisers were working at cross-purposes with the ministers holding the same portfolios, thus creating unnecessary friction."He added: "if there is need at any point to appoint more Special Advisers or Senior Special Assistants, such appointments will be made. But as I said, it will be based on merit."




JIMADA-THANI 27 , 1428 A.H.


THURSDAY  JULY 12 2007    



Yar'adua appoints Okeke, new Head of Service...Ita-Giwa retains NASS advisory role, Kurfi is Deputy Chief of Staff


WITH the nomination of Alhaji Mahmoud Yayale Ahmad, the erstwhile Head of Service to the Federation for ministerial appointment, President Umaru Musa Yar'adua yesterday approved the appointment of Engr. (Mrs.) E.O. Okeke as the new Head of Civil Service of the Federation.


According to a release issued from the Office of the Special Adviser to the President, (Communications) signed by Olusegun Adeniyi, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa has been appointed as Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters while Dr. Tanimu Yakubu Kurfi is now the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President and Commander-in-Chief.


Engr. Okeke's appointment is with immediate effect. Senator Ita-Giwa's appointment is with effect from 3rd June, 2007 while Dr. Tanimu Yakubu Kurfi will assume duties upon his disengagement from the FMBN.


It could be recalled that just 24hours after taking over, President Umaru Yar'adua's first set of appointments had seen Ambassador Babagana Kingibe emerging as the new Secretary to Government of the Federation.


Alhaji Babagana Kingibe, a career diplomat, who rose to prominence in 1993 as running-mate to the late Chief M.K.O . Abiola in the annulled presidential election of that year, replaced Chief Ufot Ekaette.


Also appointed Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA), is Alhaji Salihu Alhassan who now oversees the affairs at the FCTA until the reconstitution of the Federal Executive Council.


Moreover, the president announced the retention of the Chief of Staff to the former president, Major-General Abdullahi Muhammad as well as the National Security Adviser, Major-General Abdullahi Sarki Muktar in their positions.


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had at the valedictory session of his cabinet, disclosed that he had been under pressure to prevail on his chief of staff not to go as he had planned, but to remain and help President Yar'adua stabilise in office.                                 




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