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:
“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.
- 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.