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Buhari appoints Hadiza Usman as NPA boss

Hadiza Bala Usman (l) leading the BBOG campaign
Hadiza Bala Usman (l) leading the BBOG campaign
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign group, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman as the first female Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), and three executive directors.
Usman, until her appointment was the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, a position she held from July 2015.
A statement, Tuesday, by the Director, Communication of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Mrs Yetunde Sonaike, also named three other appointments taking effect from July 11, 2016, as Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko, Executive Director (Finance); Professor Idris Abubakar, Executive Director (Engineering); Dr. Sekonte Davies, Executive Director (Marine Operations).
Born on January 2, 1976 in Zaria, Kaduna State, Hadiza Usman holds a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and a post graduate degree in Development Studies from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom in 2009.
She started her career with Centre for Democratic Development and Research Training, Zaria, a Non-Governmental Organization in June 2000 as a Research Assistant. She worked at the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) from July 2000- August 2004 as an Enterprise Officer.
Usman replaces Habib Abdullahi, who was sacked, Tuesday, barely a year in office by President Buhari.
Abdullahi initial exit was also as a result of sack of his predecessor, Sanusi Ado Bayero.
It would be recalled that last August, Buhari had terminated the appointment of Bayero’s appointment as NPA boss, in what appears a reversal of former president Goodluck Jonathan’s action.
The termination of Bayero’s appointment was with immediate effect, a statement by Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to the President, said.
“He is to hand over the management of the NPA and all government property in his possession to Habibu Abdullahi who has been reinstated as Managing Director of the NPA by President Buhari,” Mr. Adesina said.
Bayero’s was among former President Jonathan last-minutes appointments.
He was appointed to the position on April 29, 2015 after Mr. Abdullahi’s removal.

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