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Buhari suspends NSITF boss, others for misconduct

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Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday suspended the managing director/chief executive officer of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Adebayo Somefun indefinitely.

Nigeria’s labour and employment ministry in a statement stated that 11 other officials of NSITF were also asked to proceed on suspension.
 
They are the executive director, finance and investment, Jasper Ikedi Azusalam; executive director, operations, Olukemi Nelson, and executive director, administration, Tijani Darazo Sulaiman.

Also suspended are Olusegun Olumide Bashorun, General Manager, Administration/Human Resources/Maintenance, Mr. Lawan Tahir General Manager Finance, Mr. Chris Esedebe General Manager Claims and Compensation, Mr. Olodotun Adegbite, Deputy General Manager Investment and Treasury Management, Mr. Emmanuel Enyinnaya Sike, Deputy General Manager, Finance and Accounts, Mrs. Olutoyin O. Arokoyo Deputy General Manager/Acting Head Legal, Ms. Dorathy Zajeme Tukura, Deputy General Manager Administration, Mrs. Victoria Ayantuga, Assistant General Manager Internal Audit

The ministry said their suspension was due to violation of the Financial Regulations and Procurement Act, and other acts of gross misconduct.

The suspended officers will face a JOINT Board and Audit Investigative Panel that has been set up to look into the financial and procurement breaches, as well as gross misconducts in the NSITF, some of which dated back to 2016.

The affected officers have also been directed to hand over to the most senior officers in their respective departments. 

The executive directors are to hand over to the most senior general managers, while the managing director will hand over to the most senior officer in the fund. 

Nigeria’s labour and employment, Dr. Chris Ngige directed that Temitope Akinwale FCA in charge of the Ibadan Region to take charge as general manager in charge of finance to concurrently oversee the office of the executive director of finance and investment as the acting executive director. 

Maureen Allagoa, the regional general manager in charge of Port Harcourt Region has been moved to NSITF headquarters as general manager in charge of administration, human resources and maintenance to concurrently oversee the office of the executive director of administration as acting executive director. 

Baba Ma’aji Kabir, the general manager of administration and maintenance has been moved to the enforcement department while concurrently overseeing the office of the executive director of operations as the acting executive director. 

Dr. Kelly Nwagha, the general manager of the health, safety and environment department will assume the position of acting managing director/chief executive. 

“All the appointments are with effect from Monday, 6th July 2020 and will last until further notice,” Ngige said.


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