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Tinubu removes Wike’s ally two weeks after appointment

Tinubu removes Wike’s ally two weeks after appointment

President Bola Tinubu has removed Chukwuemeka Woke as Managing Director of the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority, OORBDA. 

Woke, who previously served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, during his tenure as governor of Rivers State, was appointed head of the authority on May 9, 2024. 

The appointment sparked protests from various groups and individuals, who argued it violated principles of familiarity and regional representation. 

In a statement on Wednesday, presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale announced that Woke had been replaced by Dr. Adedeji Ashiru.

Ngelale said Tinubu had moved Woke to the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) as the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer.

The statement said: “Engr. Woke, besides being an engineer, is an environmental specialist and politician. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering, and had served under the Environmental, Safety, and Operations Departments of the then Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

“He was Chairman of Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State and Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, for many years.

“Dr. Ashiru holds a Doctorate degree in Engineering from the Common Wealth University, UK, and has led a consortium of blue-chip companies, in addition to earning many stripes in his professional endeavour.

“The President expects the new Chief Executive Officers to deploy their competencies to these critical agencies for sustainable gains and turnaround, while maintaining utmost transparency in their operations.”

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