President Buhari Fires Director Of Nigeria’s Budget Office, Bright Okogu

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By ayeotan Shola

President Muhammadu Buhari has swung the axe again, but this time it falls on the head of the Director General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Bright Okogu.

Sources say the sack is effective immediately as his replacement has already been named.

Yahaya Gusau, has been appointed as his replacement, Premium Times reports.

Reasons for the Sack are still yet to be known.

Giving an overview of Okogu’s career, the publication states:

Okogu held several top positions, including Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund, IMF, in Washington DC; Senior Operations Officer at the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, Fund and Market Analyst, OPEC Secretariat in Vienna, Austria.

He served as Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance (2004 to 2007) and also the pioneer Executive Secretary of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

Although he worked to deepen openness and transparency about the Nigerian budget for years, Mr. Okogu will also be remembered for failing to make details of the 2015 budget public several months after the budget proposal was presented to the National Assembly.

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