President-Elect General Buhari Inaugurates Transition Committee

President-Elect General Buhari Inaugurates Transition Committee

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari yesterday inaugurated a 19-member Transition Committee to liaise with its Federal Government counterpart headed by Vice President Namadi Sambo to ensure a smooth handover of power on May 29, 2015.

The committee members include:

  1. Mallam Ahmed Joda, Former Federal Permanent Secretary, Chairman
  2. Doyin Salami of the Pan African University, Vice Chairman;
  3. Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, National Chairman, APC
  4. Lai Mohammed
  5. Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi
  6. Mr Boss Mustapha,
  7. Mallam Muhammad Hayatuddin,
  8. Alhaji Abubakar Malami, SAN
  9. -Gen. Lawal Jafaru Isa,
  10. Hadi Sirika,
  11. Audu Ogbeh,
  12. Dalong,
  13. Mrs Bola Adesola,
  14. Mr Wale Edun,
  15. Mrs Nike Aboderin,
  16. Dr Ogbonnaya Onu,
  17. Mr Festus Odimegwu
  18. Tam David West
  19. Mallam Adamu Adamu, Secretary

The terms of reference of the committee include:

  1. to develop a clear framework for liaison with the out-going administration for purposes of a smooth handover/takeover;
  2. to receive handover documents from Ministries, Departments and Agencies and itemize the most important or most urgent issues confronting the in-coming government.
  3. review and make preliminary assessment of the balance sheet of government with particular emphasis on the status of assets and liabilities of government;
  4. review cash flow position of the government; quantum of public domestic and external debt of government and their deployment; government’s outstanding contractual obligations and its ability to meet such obligations and the status of implementation of capital projects;
  5. undertake a preliminary assessment of the security challenges facing the country and the counter-insurgency measures taken by the government thus far;
  6. assess the counter policy measures being implemented in the Niger Delta to deal with unrest and major economic crimes in the area. In particular, the status of the Amnesty Programme, the readiness of the police and other national security and intelligence agencies in addressing threats to law and order.
  7. provide a brief overview of CBN, NNPC, NCC, Customs and FIRS;
  8. suggest “quick fixes” which will result in tangible, visible and practical measures so that CHANGE will be seen after 30 days, after 100 days, after six months of the Administration taking office;
  9. make any other observations which in view of the Committee would be helpful to the transition and take-off of the new Administration.

The committee has two weeks to conclude its work.

Gen. Buhari urged the committee to assess the information provided them by the out-going government advise him on its quality and accuracy so that all can learn from the mistakes of the past and attempt to avoid similar pitfalls. He praised the quality and caliber of the members of the committee which represents some of the best Nigeria can offer.