The Presidency on Monday declared that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has affirmed the appointment of Abubakar Fikpo as the acting Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) pending the appointment of a substantive DG.
The presidential approval was in opposition to the position of the Senate which on December 10, 2020, asked Buhari to cancel the official order firing Dr. Nasiru Argungu, as the NDE DG.
In firing Argungu a year ago in the wake of the controversy that followed the Federal Government’s arranged 774,000 jobs, Buhari had directed the Minister of State, Labor and Employment, Festus Keyamo, who supervises the agency to name an acting DG for the office.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Monday said Buhari had endorsed the nomination made by Keyamo.
The statement was titled “President Buhari approves nomination of Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo as the acting DG of the National Directorate of Employment.”
It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has officially conveyed to the Hon. Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, his endorsement of the nomination of Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo as the Acting Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment pending the appointment of a substantive Director-General for the Agency.
“A month ago, the President assuaged the previous DG of the agency of his appointment, and guided the Minister to assign an Acting DG to oversee over the Agency pending the appointment of a substantive DG.”
The resolution of the Senate requesting Buhari to restore Argungu followed a state of request raised on the floor by the Senator representing Jigawa East Senatorial District, Ibrahim Hadejia.
The Senate likewise encouraged Buhari to probe the cold connection between Argungu and Keyamo.
The red chamber argued that the removal of Argungu could delay the take-off of the Federal Government programme aimed at the provision of jobs for 774, 000 Nigerians.
The upper chamber likewise asked Buhari to order an investigation concerning the reason for the cold connection between Argungu and Keyamo.