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RMRDC is confused as Tinubu failed to fill the MD/CEO job that is open 12 days after

Apr 23, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

The inability of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to appoint a Director General/Chief Executive Officer (DG/CEO) of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) is causing uproar within the research and development community in Nigeria.

While some unions accuse the immediate past DG/CEO of the agency, Prof. Hussaini Ibrahim, of refusing to vacate his office despite his tenure expiring on April 7, 2024, he insists that he has since relinquished his position and handed it over to the most senior administrative officer in the agency.

It was gathered that Ibrahim served his first term in office from April 7, 2014, to April 7, 2019, and was reappointed in 2019 for a second and final five-year term that expired on April 7, 2024.

Some unions threatened to take drastic action if Ibrahim refused to vacate the position in line with extant laws. In a petition to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. George Akume, the Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions (ASURI) called on Ibrahim to hand over to the most senior administrative officer at the agency and vacate the office immediately.

It threatened to picket the agency and mobilize its members to embark on a strike if the illegality continues. The petition, dated April 16, 2024, with reference number ASN/SGF/RMRDC/0424/01 and signed by ASURI Secretary-General, Prof. Theophilus Ndubuaku, highlighted that the refusal of the RMRDC DG to hand over and vacate office violates Section 2.1.2 (d) (ii) of the Conditions of Service for Federal Research Agencies, Institutes, and Colleges (COS 2019) as well as the Circular of the SGF of December 4, 2024.

The petition, titled, ‘Reporting the flagrant abuse of public service procedure by Prof. Husaini D. Ibrahim whose second and final tenure as Director General/Chief Executive Officer of Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) has expired but has refused to vacate office in compliance with extant regulations,’ stated: “We have it on good account that rather than hand over and vacate office, Ibrahim merely locked up the office of the DG at the headquarters of RMRDC at Maitama and relocated to the outstation of the Council located within the premises of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) along the Musa Yar’Adua Expressway at Lugbe, from where he continues to function as DG, authorizing payments and performing other executive functions.”

The petition was also sent to the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Technology, his counterpart in Labour and Employment, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Abuja.

In a swift reaction, the Director of Corporate Services, RMRDC, Chukwuma Ngaha, debunked the allegations, insisting that the DG had since resigned. He stated that on January 22, 2024, Ibrahim wrote a letter notifying the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Technology, Uche Nnaji, that his tenure would expire on April 7, 2024, vindicating him.

“From my understanding, he has since left office. And somebody has since taken over and has been acting. I have not even set my eyes on the DG since this period was mentioned.

“The allegation that he is sitting tight, I don’t think it’s true. As a responsible man, he even gave an advance notice to the ministry to the effect that his tenure would come to an end. If he was somebody who wanted to sit tight, would he have written such a letter to the ministry?

“He is no longer acting as the DG of Raw Materials Research and Development Council.

“I am also not aware if he has resumed at our outstation on Airport Road. But as far as I am concerned, he is no longer working as the DG of Raw Materials,” Ngaha said. He gave the name of the acting MD/CEO, Emmanuel Kwaya, the Director of Industrial Plant and Equipment.

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