Buhari appoints Salihijo as REA boss

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad as the Managing Director of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA).

The president also approved the appointment of Olaniyi Netufo as REA’s executive director – south west and Eddi Mietuade Smith as non-executive director for south-south.

This was announced in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja from the office of Minister of Power Saleh Mamman.

The minister had a week ago ordered the indefinite suspension of the former REA MD Damilola Ogunbiyi and investigation into alleged wrongdoings in the agency under him.

The statement issued the minister’s spokesman, Aaron Artimas, said Salihijo, an indigene of Adamawa State, is a renewable energy expert and holds two masters degrees in development studies and project planning.

The REA is the Implementing Agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria tasked with electrification of rural and unserved communities.

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