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Nigeria: Buhari Sacks Agriculture and Power Ministers, Redeploys Others

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday relieved two ministers of their duties.

The Ministers leaving the cabinet are Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammed Sabo Nanono, and Mimister of Power, Sale Mamman.

Mr Buhari said the move to reshuffle his cabinet has become imperative as his administration approaches its critical phase in the second term.

“Change is the only factor that is constant in every human endeavor and I have found it essential to reinvigorate this cabinet in a manner that will deepen its capacity to consolidate legacy achievements,” the president said in a statement to cabinet members on the reshuffle of the federal executive council.

The Nigerian leader said substantive nominations will be made in due course to fill the consequential vacancies in accordance with the requirements of the constitution.

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President Buhari also redeployed Minister of Environment Mohammad Abubakar to assume office as the Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development.

Nigeria’s Disease Control Chief Ihekweazu Named WHO Assistant DG
Chikwe Ihekweazu

Nigeria’s Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has been appointed Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) in charge of Health Emergency Intelligence with effect from November 1, 2021

A statement issued Tuesday night by the WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros said Ihekweazu will lead the work on strengthening pandemic and epidemic intelligence globally, including heading the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin.

He said: “I am pleased to welcome Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu as an Assistant Director-General for Health Emergency Intelligence from November 1, 2021. He will lead the work on strengthening pandemic and epidemic intelligence globally, including heading the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin”.

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” I am confident that Dr Ihekweazu’s appointment will help further accelerate WHO’s work in health emergencies. Please join me in welcoming him to WHO”.

Ihekweazu is currently the Director-General of Nigeria Center for Disease Control.

He was trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist, has over 20 years of experience working in senior public health and leadership positions in several National Public Health Institutes, including the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency, and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI). He has led several short-term engagements for WHO, mainly in response to major infectious disease outbreaks around the world.

According to the profile given by WHO, Ihekweazu is a Nigerian national, who was born in Germany. He is a graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria and has a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the Heinrich-Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany.

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In 2003, he was awarded a Fellowship for the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) and subsequently completed his Public Health specialization in the United Kingdom. He is widely published in medical peer-review journals.

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