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JUST-IN: Okauru Retires As NGF DG

The Director-General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Asishana Okauru has retired.

Saturday confirmed the development in a statement issued by the NGF Chairman, AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman.

Okauru who served as NGF DG for 15 years, according to AbdulRahman “served with diligence, professionalism, honesty, loyalty and total commitment.”

AbdulRahman, Governor of Kwara State, commended the former DG for “the work he did here and the height he and his team have taken the forum.

“Under his leadership, the secretariat, the administrative arm of the NGF, evolved into a strong and credible organisation.

“He led his team to expand engagement with development partners and federal and legislative arms of government while also ensuring that states’ priorities were reflected and met.”

The governor said the forum reluctantly accepted Okauru’s request to end his full-time engagement but added that he would be with the NGF until July 1, 2024, when his pre-retirement leave will end.

“We are grateful for Mr Okauru’s service and wish him the very best in his future endeavours,” he stated.

Mr Okauru was appointed in January 2009 to restructure the secretariat of the NGF, a nonpartisan association of Nigeria’s 36 governors, and transform it into a policy hub.

He said his decision to retire is to enable him to pursue other interests.

Okauru last year had an issue with former Director of Media, Abdulrazaq Barkindo, who was accused of forcefully relieving his appointment.

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