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NASENI denies leadership crisis

The erstwhile Executive Vice Chairman of the  National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure NASENI Prof. Mohammed Haruna has handed over affairs of the agency to the most senior director in the agency Mrs. Nonyem Onyechi.

This is in compliance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive.

A statement  by the Deputy Director of Information in the agency, Mr. Segun Ayeoyenikan, responding to story making rounds in some sections of the media that the former Executive Vice Chairman,EVC, Prof. Mohammed Haruna, did not hand over to the next most senior officer in the agency

 Mr. Ayeoyenikan, explained that Prof. Haruna, had been the EVC of the agency for the past 10 years and whenever he was absent from office, the Coordinating Director, Planning and Business Development had been the one acting as staff had never complained about her non suitability to act on behalf of the EVC/CEO. 

According to the statement: “The latest development of the need to hand over the affairs of the agency to the next most senior officer as directed by his Excellency did not any way create any friction amongst principal officers and top management of the agency.

“Not at all, rather everyone is eager to work with the coordinating Director planning and Business Development, Onyechi, who is receiving everyone’s support to move the agency forward’’.

Mr Ayeoyenikan, appealed to the media not to spread false information that is capable of overheating the system, adding that this is to allow the ongoing transformation efforts at the agency deliver the goal of creating jobs and developing the Nigeria economy through technology advancement.

The acting EVC/CEO, is regarded as a seasoned and astute civil servant with professional experience having transversed the Ministry of Science and Technology for several years before moving to the agency and this had earned her the highly coveted NASENI merit award as the best performing director in 2018.

Wring by Rabi Momoh, editing by Daniel Adejo