Breaking News: Buhari sacks Okogu, appoints Gusau as DG Nigeria’s Budget Office

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday removed the Director General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Bright Okogu, from office.

The reason for his removal remains unclear at press time.

Bright Okogu

In his place, Aliyu Yahaya Gusau, has been appointed his successor. Until his appointment, Gusau was the Director, Fiscal Policy, Budget Monitoring and Evaluation.

His appointment takes effect from Tuesday, August 18, 2015, a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Finance, Marshall Gundu, said.

Gusau holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

However, the ex-DG until his appointment in December 2007, held several top positions, including Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund, IMF, in Washington DC; Senior Operations Officer at the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, Fund and Market Analyst, OPEC Secretariat in Vienna, Austria.

He served as Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance (2004 to 2007) and also the pioneer Executive Secretary of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

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