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NSITF Boss, 11 others placed on suspension by GMB

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari Suspends NSITF Boss, 11 Top Officials

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed the quick, obligatory, and inconclusive suspension of Mr Adebayo Somefun, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).

An announcement on Thursday from the Head of Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Labor and Employment, Charles Akpan, uncovered that the President likewise suspended 11 high ranking representatives of the office.

They incorporate Jasper Azuatalam (Executive Director, Finance and Investment), Olukemi Nelson (Executive Director, Operations), and Tijani Sulaiman (Executive Director, Administration).

Others are Olusegun Bashorun (General Manager, Administration/Human Resources/Maintenance), Lawan Tahir (General Manager, Finance), Chris Esedebe (General Manager, Claims and Compensation), Olodotun Adegbite (Deputy General Manager, Investment and Treasury Management), and Emmanuel Sike (Deputy General Manager, Finance and Accounts).

Additionally influenced by the suspension are Olutoyin Arokoyo (Deputy General Manager/Acting Head, Legal), Dorathy Tukura (Deputy General Manager, Administration), and Victoria Ayantuga (Assistant General Manager, Internal Audit).

As per the announcement, their suspension from office emerged from the for starters built up at first sight infractions on the surviving Financial Regulations and Procurement Act, and different demonstrations of gross unfortunate behavior.

It stated, “During the time of their suspension, the suspended officials are to confront a Joint Board and Audit Investigative Panel that has been set up to investigate the money related and acquirement breaks, just as gross offense in the NSITF for times of 2016 to date, which have constantly placed the Contributions of partners in a dangerous state.

“The influenced officials have additionally been coordinated to hand over to the most senior officials in their particular divisions.

“The Executive Directors are, along these lines, to hand over to the most senior head supervisors, while the overseeing chief will hand over to the most senior official in the Fund.”

From that point, the Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, coordinated the Regional General Manager responsible for the Ibadan Region, Temitope Akinwale, to assume responsibility as General Manager accountable for Finance and to simultaneously regulate the Office of the Executive Director of Finance and Investment as the acting Executive Director.

He likewise asked the Regional General Manager responsible for Port Harcourt Region, Maureen Allagoa, to move to NSITF Headquarters as General Manager accountable for Administration, Human Resources and Maintenance, and to simultaneously regulate the Office of the Executive Director of Administration as acting Executive Director.

Ngige likewise coordinated the General Manager of Administration and Maintenance, Baba Kabir, to move to the Enforcement Department while simultaneously administering the workplace of the Executive Director of Operations in an acting limit.

He solicited the General Manager from the Health, Safety and Environment Department, Dr Kelly Nwagha, to take on the situation of acting Managing Director/Chief Executive, as the most senior General Manager in the Fund.

“All the arrangements are with impact from Monday, July 6, 2020, and will go on until further notification.

“The Honorable Minister has likewise charged the Chairman of the Board, Mr Austin Isire, FCA; FCII; to assume responsibility, so as to guarantee that the Investigative Panel starts fill in as quickly as time permits and for the Board to encourage the smooth running of the Fund by making the empowering condition and all the fundamental staff modifications and developments, so as to ensure that administrations by staff to the Contributors don’t in any capacity endure,” the announcement included.

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