President Tinubu Okays Leadership Changes In Health, Social Welfare Sectors


BY EDMOND ODOK – President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment and reappointment of the following Board Chairpersons and Chief Executive Officers of some government agencies and parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale said the move further demonstrates the current administration’s determination to bring world-class standards to Nigerian public health administration.

Additionally, it said the development represents the President’s manifest commitment to delivering affordable and quality care to all Nigerians under governance and regulatory frameworks commensurate with international best practices.

The affected agencies and parastatals are the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC): Board Chairperson – Dr. Mansur Kabir; and Chief Executive Officer – Professor Moji Adeyeye.

National Blood Service Commission (NBSC): Board Chairperson – Professor Abba Zubairu; and Chief Executive Officer – Dr. Saleh Yuguda

Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN): Board Chairperson – Professor Afolabi Lesi; and Chief Executive Officer – Dr. Fatima Kyari

Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN): Board Chairperson – Pharm. Wasilat Giwa; and Chief Executive Officer – Pharm. Ibrahim Ahmed

Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN): Board Chairperson – Dr. Babajide Salako; and Chief Executive Officer – Dr Tosan Erhabor

Moddibo Adama University Teaching Hospital, Yola (MAUTH): Chief Medical Director/Chief Executive Officer – Professor Adamu G. Bakari

Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua (ISTH): Chief Medical Director/Chief Executive Officer – Professor Reuben Eifediyi

Furthermore, the statement said as part of efforts to bolster the resiliency of Nigeria’s public health surveillance and security architecture, the President also approved the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to assume office on February 19, 2024:

The new Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of NCDC is  Dr. Olajide Idris, even as the statement noted that the President painstakingly considered the wealth of experience of each qualified and aforementioned Nigerian, who will be tasked with driving his Renewed Hope Agenda in the sector.

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