By Chris Ochayi
ABUJAâ€”President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua has approved the appointment of Mr. Kabir Abdullahi as the new Managing Director of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA).
Abdullahi, an engineer, wasÂ until yesterday the Executive Director, West Operation in the Agency.
He succeeded Mr. Olubunmi Peters, whose tenure of four years as the agency’sÂ Chief Executive would have expired by next March.
Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed Peters as the Managing Director and Chief Executive of FERMA in March 2006 to succeed Mr. Charles Onuigbe who was due for retirement.
Chief Press Secretary to the Minister of Works, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Lawrence Ojabo, who announced the development through a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, however, did not give any reason for the untimely removal of Peters from office.
Also appointed were six Executive Directors, includingÂ O. C. C. Ezedozie, ED, Roads MaintenanceÂ Management Services; B. Aganaba, ED, Operations (East);
Engr. Zakari Ayitogo, Executive Director, Operations (West); Engineer J. O. Popoola, Executive Director, Engineering Services and Mr. Hafiz Ibrahim Ahmed, Executive Director, Finance and Account as well as Mr. Wakil Adamu, Executive Director, Admin and Human Resources.
It added, â€œall appointments are with immediate effect, and for a four-year period in the first instanceâ€.
The statement explained further, â€œthe appointments are aimed at repositioning and strengthening the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency in the discharge of its statutory functions to meet the expectations of Government in its infrastructural development programme as encapsulated in Mr. Presidentâ€™s 7-pint Agendaâ€.