Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo has been approved by the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari as the acting Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE). This was publicized on Monday by the President’s spoke man Garba Shehu on his official twitter page.
Mr Shehu stated: “President Muhammadu Buhari has formally conveyed to the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, his approval of the nomination of Abubakar Fikpo, as the acting director-general of the National Directorate of Employment, pending the appointment of a substantive director-general for the agency.”
“Last month, the president relieved the former DG of the agency of his appointment and directed the minister to nominate an acting DG to superintendent over the agency pending the appointment of a substantive DG.”
Before the removal of Argungu, he and Keyamo had a clash over the employment of 774,000 youths for a three-month programme meant to tone down the effect of COVID-19 on the masses.
The national assembly pleaded with the president to go over his decision sacking Arugungu whom it appeared was supporting them during a row with Keyamo during the recruitment for the scheme.
But the president did not succumb to the appeal of the federal lawmakers.
He stated, “ Shehu said Fikpo will be in charge of the agency till a substantive DG is appointed.”
Before Mr Fikpo’s appointment, he was the zonal Director of NDE North-West zonal office in Kaduna.
Mr Fikpo is from Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State. He obtained a bachelors degree of science in statistics from the University of Maiduguri and also a master’s degree of science in statistics from the University of Ibadan.