Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of chairmen of boards and governing councils of 67 federal parastatals and agencies.
The appointments were announced via a statement issued on Monday night in Abuja, and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Pius Anyim.
The statement shows that the National Boundaries Commission now has Yunusa Dangwani as Chairman and the Nigerian Shippers Council has a retired Military General, Salihu Ibrahim as Chairman.
The National Youth Service Corps has Gordon Bozimo as Chairman while Nigerian Television Authority has Patrick Ogbu as its Chairman.
The Raw Materials Research and Development Council, RMRDC, now has Walid Jibrin, the Secretary of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees, as Chairman; while, the National Lottery Regulation Commission's board will now be headed by Damian Dodo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
The Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, has Mike Abiotomere as its Chairman; while the Board of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC will be led by the immediate past National Chairman of the PDP, Kawu Baraje.
Educational and Research Institutes
The Board of the National Educational Research and Development Council has Stephen Dike as Chairman while the National Teacher's Institute has former Jigawa Governor, Ali Sa'ad Birnin Kudu, as head.
The National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, has Isaac Edoja as its Chairman and the National Agric Extension and Research Liaison has Moses Ngbale as Chairman.
Charles Ogwu is now the Chairman of the Agricultural Research and Training Institute while the Institute for Agricultural Research , Samaru - Zaria has Kashim Mukhtar Alkali as Chairman.
The Federal Institute for Industrial Research, Oshodi-Lagos has Alex Obi as Chairman and Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria has Ngozi Enyioma as its Chairman.
The Industrial Training Fund, Jos, has Musiliu Obanikoro as Board Chairman while the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, has Mohammed Sadiq as Chairman.
The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu, is also to Chair the Board of the National Directorate of Employment, NDE.
The statement also indicated that all the Federal Polytechnics in the country now have governing councils to oversee their operations.
In that regard, the Council of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti has Victor Ebamoyi as its new Chairman; the Federal Polytechnic, Afikpo has Chimdi Ejiogu appointed as Chairman.
Others are the Federal Polytechnic, Edo State, with Gabriel Yumere as Chairman; and the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, has Adamu Abdulkadir as its Chairman.
The Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, Yobe State now has Abba Anas as Chairman while Federal Polytechnic, Ede has Tajudeen Oladipo as Chairman.
The Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi State has Mohammed Usman as Chairman while Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro has Ethelbert Okwaranyia as Chairman and the Federal Polytechnic, Kaduna has Sergent Awuse as its chairman.
Lawal Nalado is the new Chairman of the Federal Polytechnic, Kaura Namoda; and Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, Adamawa State has Ibrahim Jahun- Galadiman Bauchi as Chairman.
The Governing Council of the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa is now to be headed by Dipo Odujuri while that of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede will be chaired by Ado Yusuf.
The Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara State, has Okey Ezenwa as the new Chairman,and the Yaba College of Technology has Ebenezer Babatope as its Chairman.
Colleges of Education
Mr. Anyim also announced the composition of leadership of councils of Federal Colleges of Education.
The SGF statement said the Federal College of Education, (SSP) Kontagora, has Gambo Lawan as new Chairman; while the Federal College of Education (Tech) Potiskum, has former Abuja Minister, Mohammed Abba Gana as Chairman. Others are the Federal College of Education (Tech) Akoka, Yaba, with Aliyu Maska as Chairman; while the Federal College of Education (Tech), Asaba, has Bungum Hassan Yusuf as Chairman.
The Federal College of Education (Tech), Bichi, has Col. U. F. Ahmed [Rtd] as Chairman; while the Federal College of Education (Tech), Gombe; has Saadu Maliki as its Chairman.
The Federal College of Education, Abeokuta has Emma Anosike as Chairman while the Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu has E. M. I. Enemuo as Chairman.
Prof. A A. Akinsola was appointed the Chairman of the Federal College of Education, Kano; and the Federal College of Education, Katsina has Col. Bala Mande (Rtd) as its Chairman.
The Federal College of Education, Obudu, has Adamu Aliyu Sumaila as its new Chairman and Federal College of Education, Okene has Ebenezer Alabi as Chairman.
Also, the Federal College of Education, Ondo, has Musa John as Chairman and the Federal College of Education, Omoku, Rivers State, has Linus Okom as its Chairman.
The Federal College of Education, Owerri, has Ajibola Oyinlola, as Chairman and the Federal College of Education, Pankshin, has Mohammed Nura Khalil as Chairman.
The Federal College of Education, Yola, has Ugorji Amaoti as board chair, while Dr. Ugwu now heads the Council of the Federal College of Education, Zaria.
The Federal College of Education, Zuba, has Remi Akintoye as Chairman.
River Basin Authorities too
The statement by the SGF also said the various River Basin Authorities in Nigeria now have chairmen for their various boards.
In that regard, the Upper Niger River Basin Dev. Authority has Sam Odeh as its Chairman while the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority has David Idoko as Chairman.
The Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority, now has Col. I. Biu as Chairman while the Benin-Owena RIver Basin Development Authority has William A. Makinde as Chairman.
The Niger Delta River Basin Development. Authority has James Sekibo as its Chairman and the Cross River Basin Authority has Mike Mku as Chairman.
The Sokoto Rima River Basin Development Authority has Abdu Bulama as Chairman while the Anambra-Imo River Basin Authority has the deputy national chairman of the PDP, Sam Sam Jaja as Chairman.
The Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority has Clifford Odia as Chairman and the Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority has Christie Silas.
The Federal Housing Authority Board will now be headed by Lee Maeba, a Nigerian Senator.
The statement, added that each of the Governing Council/Board shall include the Ex-officio memberships specified in the Enabling Law of the Parastatal/Agency.
Accordingly, it also announced that the dates for formal inauguration of the Governing Councils/Boards will be announced by the ministers or the relevant supervising authorities responsible for the various Parastatals/Agencies.