President Muhammadu Buhari has removed Dr. Abdullahi Baffa as Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund.
Baffa, who was an aide to Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, was appointed the Head of TETFund alongside 14 other heads of parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Education on August 2, 2016.
President Buhari has subsequently approved the reinstatement of Prof Suleiman Bogoro as executive secretary of the agency.
Bogoro was ES between 2014 to 2016.
Dr. Baffa’s removal is with immediate effect. No official reason was given for his removal.
But a source who pleaded anonymity attributed his removal to a running battle with Malam Adamu.
The source explained that Dr. Baffa, a close ally of Malam Adamu, disregarded the minister in the running of the agency.
The source noted that the ES had been having issues with the minister as regards the 2019 interventions for Public institutions.
Another source stated that the former ES was neck deep in the politics of Kano, his home state, leading to speculations that he may be eyeing the governorship seat.
There was wild jubilation at the headquarters of the agency this morning in Abuja when Baffa’s sacking was made public.
The reinstated Prof. Bogoro was the executive secretary of TETFund under former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
He was sacked by President Buhari in 2016.
Prof. Bogoro was alleged to have misappropriated N200 billion released to the agency for special intervention projects to beneficiary institutions to fund the reelection of Dr. Jonathan in 2015.
A source in the ministry of education explained that Prof. Bogoro was reinstated after been found innocent of the allegations.
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