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Sunday, 29 March 2015 00:00 Written by  Published in Update Read 3725 times
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President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked Martin-Luther Agwai as the head of his government's intervention unit, SURE-P.

Mr. Agwai was appointed by Jonathan to head SURE-P, a department created by the government to deploy saved fuel subsidy money for the provision of critical infrastructure and jobs.

In a statement Tuesday, March 10, 2015, presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, named Ishaya Dare Akau as the new head of SURE-P, Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme.

The new SURE-P Chairman hails from Jema'a Local Government Area of Kaduna State and holds Bachelors' Degrees in the Arts and Law.

The presidency did not give any reason for Mr. Agwai's removal, beyond saying it was “in furtherance of his efforts to continuously re-energize and reposition agencies of the Federal Government for optimal service delivery”.

However, there are speculations that Mr. Agwai may have been fired for flouting a presidential instruction that no government official or member of the ruling Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, should attend the birthday event of former President Olusegun Obasanjo early March.

Mr. Jonathan and the former president have been locked in a longstanding row which has seen the later repeatedly criticise the president publicly.

The spat climaxed three weeks ago when Mr. Obasanjo quit the party and publicly tore his membership card.

Mr. Agwai himself replaced Christopher Kolade, who left office after criticising the president.


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