President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday appointed Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad as the Managing Director of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), DD has learnt.
Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, made this known in a statement issued by his spokesman, Aaron Artimas, in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The statement said the new chief of the agency has acquired vast knowledge and planning experience in the power sector.
According to the statement, Ahmad is a renewable energy expert, who holds two masters degrees in development studies and project planning.
The minister also said the president has appointed Olaniyi Netufo as REA’s Executive Director – South West, while Eddi Mietuade Smith was appointed as Non-Executive Director for South-South.
Mamman had ordered the indefinite suspension of Damilola Ogunbiyi as the REA managing director. He also ordered an investigation into alleged infractions by the agency under Ogunbiyi.
In a statement on December 24, the minister said the move was to sanitise the activities of the agency and reposition it for better service delivery.
“Following some apparent infractions in the Rural Electrification Agency, the Minister of Power Engr Sale Mamman has directed the Managing Director of the Agency, Ms Damilola Ogunbiyi to proceed on indefinite suspension with immediate effect,” Artimas said.
“Ms Ogunbiyi is to hand over to the next most senior officer in the Agency.
“Consequently, the Minister has directed an immediate investigation into the activities of the Agency towards repositioning it for better service delivery.”
The REA was established to increase electricity access to rural and underserved clusters across the country by developing off-grid electrification strategies.