Breaking: Buhari Nullifies Suspension of Rural Electrification Boss, Damilola Ogunbiyi

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SWITZERLAND, JANUARY 07- President Muhammadu Buhari has reversed the suspension of Damilola Ogunbiyi as the Managing Director of the Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria(REAN) and accepted her resignation.

“President Buhari has directed that the suspension of Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi from her role as Managing Director of the REA be reversed. Her resignation effective 31 December 2019 has been accepted to enable her take up her new UN appointment,” the presidency tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.

The Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, had suspended the Managing Director of Rural Electrification Agency, Ms Damilola Ogunbiyi.

A statement by Aaron Artimas, the Special Adviser to the minister on Media and Communication made this known on Tuesday in Abuja.

Mr Artimas said that following some apparent infractions in the agency, the minister directed the managing director to proceed on indefinite suspension with immediate effect.

He said that Mrs Ogunbiyi had been directed to hand over to the next most senior officer in the agency.

“Consequently, the minister has directed an immediate investigation into the activities of the agency towards re-positioning it for better service delivery,’’ Artimas said.

In October, 2019, International agency, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) announced that Damilola Ogunbiyi, then Managing Director of the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA), has been selected as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The news followed United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres announcing the appointment of Ogunbiyi as his Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy. By serving in these roles, Ogunbiyi will continue the close ties SEforALL has with the UN, helping to support even greater collaboration towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7)—affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030.

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