Wike’s Woke Removed As Ogun-Osun River Basin MD

President Bola Tinubu has removed Chukwuemeka Woke as Managing Director (MD) of the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA).
Woke was Chief of Staff to the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, when he was governor of Rivers State.
Tinubu had appointed him as head of the authority on May 9, 2024.
However, the appointment was greeted with protests as some groups and individuals said it was against the principle of familiarity and regional representation.
The Protest Against Wike’s Man 
On May 14, some groups in Southwest  rejected appointment Woke as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority.
Woke was appointed to succeed Olufemi Odumosu as the MD of OORBDA. Odumosu, an indigene of Ogun State, is said to be an ally of former Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
But some groups in the region where the agency is domiciled have rejected that appointment of Woke, describing it as an act of disregarding the principle of familiarity and regional representation.
The groups are, the Concerned Southwest Social Developmental Group (CSSDG)  and the concerned Osun Pro-Tinubu Group, PATS 4 BATS.
Expressing their discontent at a gathering in Abeokuta, Ogun State, the CSSDG spokesperson, Adeyemi Akande, said “The appointment of Chukwuemeka Woke as MD is a blatant disregard for our regional representation. Past appointments have always been based on ethnic considerations, ensuring the appointed MDs are well-versed and understand the nuances of our region.”
Akande continued, “Our concern is not just about this specific appointment but the broader pattern it represents. This deviation from established norms undermines the pool of capable hands within the Southwest.”
Also on its part, the concerned Osun Pro-Tinubu Group, PATS 4 BATS  “passionately condemned the action taken by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” saying the “appointment undermines the principle of regional inclusivity and demands a reconsideration of the decision to ensure fair representation within the authority.”
Tinubu Makes U-Turn 
In a statement on Wednesday, Ajuri Ngelale, presidential spokesman, announced that Woke had been replaced with Dr. Adedeji Ashiru.
Ngelale said Tinubu had moved Woke to the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) as the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer.
The statement said: “Engr. Woke, besides being an engineer, is an environmental specialist and politician. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering, and had served under the Environmental, Safety, and Operations Departments of the then Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
“He was Chairman of Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State and Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, for many years.
“Dr. Ashiru holds a Doctorate degree in Engineering from the Common Wealth University, UK, and has led a consortium of blue-chip companies, in addition to earning many stripes in his professional endeavour.
“The President expects the new Chief Executive Officers to deploy their competencies to these critical agencies for sustainable gains and turnaround, while maintaining utmost transparency in their operations.”

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