President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-appointment of Olusegun Awolowo as the executive director/chief executive officer (CEO) of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC).
According to a letter signed by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), the appointment lasts for four years.
A lawyer and scion of the Obafemi Awolowo family, former President Goodluck Jonathan first appointed him in November 2013.
At the expiration of his four-year tenure, which was characterised by controversies, Awolowo refused to hand over to Sidi-Aliyu Abdullahi, an acting director, despite the directive of the SGF.
In a memo dated December 4, 2017, Mustapha directed all heads of agencies to hand over as soon as their tenures expire.
After a report by TheCable , Awolowo
returned cars meant for official use at the executive director’s office but did not issue a handover note.
By bureaucratic tradition, Awolowo should have formally handed over notes to the acting director of the council.
Among the controversies of his first term were the allegations of allocating funds by himself which is against the financial rules, his alleged involvement in the lopsided allocations to a department.
In a letter of complaints written to the office of the minister of trade and investment, Awolowo, in May, 2015, allegedly allocated N10 million to the trade information department which is the biggest, whereas contingency got N20 million.
Under his watch, payments were allegedly made for phantom trips. For instance, the non-oil export trade hub visit to Togo in 2014, export warehouse meetings in Niger Republic in 2014, trade mission to Belgium in 2015 and AGOA forum in Gabon in 2015 were trips paid for but were not allegedly undertaken.
TheCable also gathered that despite the full payment to KPMG consultants, another N3 million was paid as out of pocket expenses.
Awolowo, using the directorate rate, also allegedly paid estacode to his personal staff who are not in the employ of the council.