Sorry, Youths: General Buhari Inaugurates 19-Man Transition Committee With 85-Year-Old As Chair...

Sorry, Youths: General Buhari Inaugurates 19-Man Transition Committee With 85-Year-Old As Chair (SEE LIST)

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General Muhammed Buhari speaks at a campaign event in 2015

Nigeria’s President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 inaugurated a 19-man transition committee, laden with the responsibility of making for a smooth handover from the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Heading the committee is 85-year old Ahmed Joda, who is to be deputized by a senior associate of the Lagos Business School (LBS), Doyin Salami.

Other notable members of the committee include Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Audu Ogbe; John Odigie-Oyegun and Lai Mohammed, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman and Publicity Secretary respectively and David Tam-West.

See the full committee members below:

1. Mal. Ahmed Joda – Chairman
2. Dr Doyin Salami – Vice-Chairman
3. Mr Boss Mustapha
4. Mal. Muhammad Hayatuddin
5. Alh. Abubakar Malami SAN
6. Brig. Gen. Lawal Jafaru Isa
7. Sen. Hadi Sirika
8. Sen. Audu Ogbeh
9. Barrister Dalong
10. Mrs Bola Adesola
11. Mr Wale Edun
12. Mrs Nike Aboderin
13. Dr Ogbonnaya Onu
14. Mr Festus Odimegwu
15. Chief John Oyegun
16. Gov. Rotimi Amaechi
17. Dr. Tam David West
18. Alh. Lai Mohammed
19 Mal. Adamu Adamu – Secretary
Addressing the committee members on the task ahead, General Buhari said: “This assignment is onerous though it is well within your ability to accomplish, you are enquired to assess the information provided to you and advise me on its quality and accuracy.“It is a simple matter but you must have the right information if you are to shape appropriate policy decisions. Needless to repeat; that your committee and our government are not on a witch-hunt or engage in fault-finding.

“We want the facts and nothing but the facts, what has been done cannot be undone, our job is to learn from the mistakes of the past in an attempt to avoid similar errors.

“The two weeks given to you to complete your assignment, are short but because of the postponement of the election   from February 14 to March 28, the transition period has been truncated, we are obliged therefore to fast-track steps to May 29.”

General Buhari went on to detail the terms of reference of the committee.

The terms are:
  • develop a clear framework for liaison with the outgoing administration for purposes of a smooth handover/takeover and to receive handover documents from MDAs and itemise the most important or most urgent issues confronting the incoming government;
  • review   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 outgoing government;
  • take a look at the counter policy measures being implemented in the Niger Delta to deal with unrest and major economic crimes in the area;
  • review   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 the Central Bank of Nigeria , the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Nigerian Communications Commission , the Nigeria Customs Service and the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
  • 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; and
  • make any other observations which will be helpful to the transition and take-off of the new administration.

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