President Muhammadu Buhari has formally approved the appointment of Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo as the Acting Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment, NDE. This was contained in a letter to the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, dated Monday 18, 2021.
A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu said, “President Muhammadu Buhari has formally conveyed to the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, his approval of the nomination of Mallam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo as the Acting Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment pending the appointment of a substantive Director-General for the Agency”.
The statement recalled that last President Buhari had last month relieved the former DG of the agency of the appointment and directed the Minister to nominate an Acting DG to superintend over the Agency pending the appointment of a substantive DG.
The appointment of Fikpo was announced on Wednesday in a letter signed by the supervising Minister and Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo.
A statement by the Deputy Director, Information and Public relations of NDE, Edmund Onwuliri, said Fikpo’s appointment in acting capacity took effect from Monday, December 7, 2020.
Until his appointment, Fikpo was the zonal director at the North West zonal office of the NDE in Kaduna. He hails from the Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics from the University of Maiduguri and a Master of Science degree in the same filed from the University of Ibadan.
His tour of duty in the Directorate has seen him serve in various capacities such as State Coordinator Adamawa State, pioneer Director of Procurement as well as Director, Finance and Accounts.
The President had on Friday, the 4th of December, 2020, removed Argungu from office effective Monday, December 7th, 2020. There was no reason given for the removal of Argungu from office.