Tinubu Retires Aziz, Picks Coker-Odusote as New NIMC DG
By Adedapo Adesanya
President Bola Tinubu has appointed Mrs Bisoye Coker-Odusote as the acting Director-General/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), a role that he will later transition into full-time and serve in for the next four years.
In a statement from Mr Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, on Tuesday, the President directed the current occupier of the seat, Mr Aliyu Abubakr Aziz, to embark on a 90-day pre-retirement leave, with effect from Thursday, August 24, 2023.
It was revealed that this leave would lead to his eventual retirement from service on November 24, 2023.
While Mr Aziz will be on compulsory leave, Mrs Coker-Odusote will serve as the acting DG of the agency from Thursday, “after which, a full term of four years will begin as the substantive NIMC Director-General/CEO, beginning on November 24, 2023,” according to the statement.
She will be charged with carrying out President Tinubu’s mandate in the digital identity ecosystem for which the commission was established in 2007. This will include furthering and aligning the purposes of the National Identification Number (NIN) and issuing General Multi-Purpose Cards (GMPC) to those who are citizens of Nigeria as well as others legally residing within the country.
Furthermore, President Tinubu approved the appointment of Mr Yusuf Buba Yakub to serve as the Director/CEO of the Directorate of Technical Aid Corps (DTAC).
This followed the recent expiration of the tenure of the former DTAC Director/CEO, Dr Pius Osunyikanmi.
This appointment takes immediate effect, as per the statement.
These are the latest changes made to agencies in sweeping changes that President Tinubu has done since he assumed office three months ago.
Business Post recalls that in 2021, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State appointed Mrs Coker-Odusote as the acting General Manager/CEO of the Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASMIRA).
She is not new to Mr Tinubu as she had previously worked with him as a Special Adviser on Technology.