By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
MINISTER of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, has directed Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo to take over as the Acting Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment, NDE.
The directive, which took effect from Monday, 7th December, 2020, authorised Mallam Fikpo to take over the administration of the agency in acting capacity pending ratification by the President.
This was contained in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by Charles Akpan, Deputy Director/Head (Press and Public Relations), Ministry of Labour and Employment.
According to the statement, the Minister in a letter to Fikpo dated December 8, 2020 titled “Appointment as Acting Director General of National Directorate of Employment”, said: “Following the directive of Mr President relieving Dr Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungu as the Director General of National Directorate of Employment, you are hereby directed to take over as the Acting Director General of the Agency pending ratification by Mr President.
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“This is to ensure there is no vacuum in the administration of the Agency.”
Keyamo enjoined the Acting DG to ensure a smooth and efficient running of the Agency. The Minister also directed Fikpo to ensure a proper handover to him by Dr Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungu of all government properties in his possession.
The President had earlier directed the Minister of State for Labour and Employment to propose an Acting Director-General from among the Senior Directors of NDE based on competence and seniority to take over from Dr Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungu pending the appointment of a substantive holder of that post.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier relieved Dr Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungu of his post as the Director General of the National Directorate of Employment.