President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Semiu Adeyemi Adeniran as the new Statistician-General of the Federation.
Naija News reports that Sufuyan Ojeifo, spokesman to the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, made this known in a terse statement on Friday.
The statement added that Adeniran has also been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
His appointment follows the death of the former Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr Simon Harry, who died on April 13th, 2022, eight months into his five years tenure.
Until his appointment, Adeniran, who is a professional statistician, was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the NBS.
The statement reads: “Adeniran is a professional statistician of repute with a bias for Demography and Social Statistics. He has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions.”
“Until his appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).”
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has suspended the resumption of the Abuja-Kaduna train service indefinitely following pressure from families of victims of the March 28 attack.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) had earlier fixed the 23rd of May for the resumption of the train service.
The relatives of the victims had rejected the plan of NRC, stating that it is insensitive to resume operations with their relatives still in captivity.
The NRC in a statement released on Friday apologised for the delay in the resumption of the service.