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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Meet President Elect Buhari's Transition Team [Photo]


President-elect Muhammadu Buhari yesterday inaugurated a 19-member Transition Committee to liaise with its Federal Government counterpart to ensure a smooth handover of power on May 29.
The committee is headed by one-time Federal Permanent Secretary Mallam Ahmed Joda.
The committee has been meeting with the Federal Government committee headed by Vice President Namadi Sambo before yesterday’s inauguration.

Other members of the committee include Dr. Doyin Salami of the Pan African University (Vice Chairman); All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and party spokesman Lai Mohammed. The secretary is Mallam Adamu Adamu.
Others are Rivers State Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, Mr Boss Mustapha, Mallam Muhammad Hayatuddin, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, Brig.-Gen. Lawal Jafaru Isa, Sen. Hadi Sirika, Sen. Audu Ogbeh, Mr. Dalong, Mrs Bola Adesola, Mr Wale Edun, Mrs Nike Aboderin, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Mr Festus Odimegwu and Prof. Tam David West.
The terms of reference of the committee includes to develop a clear framework for liaison with the out-going administration for purposes of a smooth handover/takeover and to receive handover documents from Ministries, Departments and Agencies and itemise the most important or most urgent issues confronting the in-coming government.
Other terms of reference are to:
•review and make preliminary assessment of the balance sheet of government with particular emphasis on the status of assets and liabilities of government; cash flow position of the government; quantum of public domestic and external debt of government and their deployment; government’s outstanding contractual obligations and its ability to meet such obligations and the status of implementation of capital projects;
•undertake a preliminary assessment of the security challenges facing the country and the counter-insurgency measures taken by the government thus far;
•assess the counter policy measures being implemented in the Niger Delta to deal with unrest and major economic crimes in the area. In particular, the status of the Amnesty Programme, the readiness of the police and other national security and intelligence agencies in addressing threats to law and order.
•provide a brief overview of CBN, NNPC, NCC, Customs and FIRS;
•suggest “quick fixes” which will result in tangible, visible and practical measures so that CHANGE will be seen after 30 days, after 100 days, after six months of the Administration taking office;
•make any other observations which in view of the Committee would be helpful to the transition and take-off of the new Administration.
The committee has two weeks to conclude its work.
Gen. Buhari urged the committee:  ‘’Assess the information provided to you and advise me on its quality and accuracy. It is a simple matter that you must have the right information, if you are to shape appropriate policy decisions.
‘’Needless to repeat, that your Committee – and indeed our Government – are not on a witch-hunt or engaged in fault-finding. We want the facts
and nothing but the facts. What has been done can not be undone. Our job is to learn from the mistakes of the past and attempt to avoid similar.’’
Gen. Buhari hailed the calibre of the committee’s membership, saying they represent some of the best Nigeria can offer. He described the committee chairman, Joda, as one of the few surviving links between First Republic civil service to the present day, a man whose versatility includes farming, industry and 21st Century IT and one of Nigeria’s precious assets.

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