Agwai is new SURE-P chairman, replaces Kolade

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of new special advisers and heads to some governmental agencies, prominent among which is the appointment of former Army Chief, Lt. Gen Martin Luther Agwai as the new chairman of the Subsidy Re-investment Programme(SURE-P) and Mrs. Tanwa Olusi as Deputy Chairman.

A statement by the President’s spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati, announced that the President had also appointed former aviation minister and current Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland, Mrs. Fidelia Njeze as the Special Adviser to the President on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

He has also appointed Senator Suleiman M. Ajadi as his Special Adviser on National Assembly to fill the vacancy that was created after he relieved Senator Joy Emordi of her position.

In the same vein the President appointed Mr. Sola Omole as the Director General (DG) of Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Alhaji Ladan Salihu as DG, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).

The President also appointed his former media aide, Ima Niboro as Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Gen. Martin Agwai (rtd.) was until now the Deputy Chairman and Acting Chairman of SURE-P while Mrs. Njeze is the current Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland.

Abati said the appointments was “in furtherance of efforts to continually strengthen this administration on all fronts” and all the appointments are with immediate effect.

A highly decorated retired soldier, Agwai served in the Nigerian Army between 1972 and 2009. He held several positions including Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Armed Forces and Director of Military Training at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.

He was the Nigerian Military Adviser at Harare, covering the whole of Southern Africa between 1993 – 1996. He was a Directing Staff and Chief Instructor at the Command and Staff College Jaji – Kaduna, Nigeria. Before becoming the Chief of Army Staff he was the Deputy Military Adviser at United Nations Headquarters, New York. He was the Chief of Defence Staff of the Nigerian Armed Forces since 1 June 2006. Before that, he held several senior positions in the Nigerian Army, including being Chief of Army Staff.

Agwai served as the commander of the combined United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur. General Agwai led one of the biggest peacekeeping operations in the world with approximately 20,000 troops and 6,000 police under his command.

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