President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate, compulsory and indefinite suspension of the Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, Mr. Adebayo Somefun.
He also appointed the General Manager, Health, Safety and Environment Department, who is the most senior General Manager in the Fund, Dr. Kelly Nwagha, as the Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive.
Also suspended from office are three executive directors, Executive Director, Finance and Investment, Mr. Jasper Ikedi Azuatalam; Executive Director, Operations, Mrs. Olukemi Nelson, and Executive Director, Administration. Alhaji Tijani Darazo Sulaiman.
Other management staff suspended are the General Manager, Administration/Human Resources/Maintenance; the General Manager, Finance, Mr. Lawan Tahir; Mr. Chris Esedebe, General Manager, Claims and Compensation, Mr. Olodotun A. Adegbite, Deputy General Manager, Investment and Treasury Management, Mr. Emmanuel Enyinnaya Sike, Deputy General Manager, Finance and Accounts, Mrs. Olutoyin O. Arokoyo, Deputy General Manager/Acting Head, Legal, Ms. Dorathy Zajeme Tukura, Deputy General Manager, Administration, Mrs. Victoria Ayantuga, Assistant General Manager, Internal Audit.
A statement issued by the Deputy Director/Head, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr. Charles Akpan, stated that the suspension was as a result of the preliminarily established prima facie infractions on the extant Financial Regulations and Procurement Act, and other acts of gross misconduct.
“During the period of their suspension, they are to face a Joint Board and Audit Investigative Panel that has been set up to look into the financial and procurement breaches, as well as gross misconduct in the NSITF from 2016 till date, which have invariably put the contributions of stakeholders in a perilous state.
“The affected officers have also been directed to hand over to the most senior officers in their respective departments. The executive directors are therefore to hand over to the most senior general managers, while the managing director will hand over to the most senior officer in the fund.’’
The statement noted that “the minister of labour and employment accordingly approved and directed that the Regional General Manager in charge of the Ibadan Region, Mrs. Temitope Akinwale should take charge as General Manager in charge of Finance. She will concurrently oversee the Office of the Executive Director of Finance and Investment as the Acting Executive Director.
“Barrister Maureen Allagoa also the Regional General Manager in charge of Port Harcourt Region moves to NSITF Headquarters as General Manager in charge of Administration, Human Resources, and Maintenance and to concurrently oversee the Office of the Executive Director of Administration as Acting Executive Director. Mr. Baba Ma’aji Kabir, General Manager of Administration and Maintenance moves to the Enforcement Department while concurrently overseeing the Office of the Executive Director of Operations as the Acting Executive Director.
“Dr. Kelly Nwagha, General Manager of the Health, Safety and Environment Department, as the most senior General Manager in the Fund, assumes the position of Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive. All the appointments are with effect from Monday, July 6 and will last until further notice.’’