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Mamman Suspends Ogunbiyi, REA MD Indefinitely

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The indefinite suspension of Damilola Ogunbiyi, managing director of Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has been ordered by the Minister of Power, Mr Sale Mamman.

This was made known in a statement today by special adviser to the Minister, Aaron Artimas.

The suspension is with immediate effect.

He said Mamman also ordered an investigation into alleged infractions by the agency.

Following some apparent infractions in the Rural Electrification Agency, the Minister of Power Engr Sale Mamman has directed the Managing Director of the Agency, Ms Damilola Ogunbiyi to proceed on indefinite suspension with immediate effect,” Artimas said.

Ms Ogunbiyi is to hand over to the next most senior officer in the Agency.

“Consequently, the Minister has directed an immediate investigation into the activities of the Agency towards repositioning it for better service delivery.”

REA was built to increase access of rural areas to electricity and underserved clusters across the country by developing off-grid electrification strategies.

Ogunbiyi was the general manager of the Lagos State Electricity Board and prior to her appointment in 2017.

In October, Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, announced the appointment of Ogunbiyi as chief executive officer of the organisation’s Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll).