President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Sen. Basheer Garba Mohammed as the director general of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

The president appointed Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi as his replacement.

This was contained in a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, who said it was sequel to a recommendation of the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.

Shehu said the minister expressed the “urgent need for the ministry to intensify on the existing capacity in the NAPTIP in order to achieve its key result areas as identified.”

The minister, according to Shehu, added that the recommendation of Waziri-Azi was based on her “pedigree, vast experience and proven track record to drive the agency forward and consolidate on what has been achieved so far.”

A former Head of Department of Public Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Waziri-Azi is a women’s rights advocate, a campaigner against domestic and sexual based violence and an expert in rule of law.

Meanwhile, Buhari has approved the appointment of new chief executives for five education agencies.

In a statement signed by the director, press and public affairs of the Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Bem Goong, Prof Akpama Simon Ibor was appointed executive secretary, National Commission For Mass Literacy, Adult And Non-Formal Education while Prof Chinwe Veronica Anunobi emerged the director/CEO, National Library.

The president also appointed Prof Musa Garba Maitafsir as the director/CEO, National Teachers Institute (NTI).

All the three appointments, according to the statement are with effect from the 2nd of September, 2021 and for an initial tenure of five years.

“Mr President also approved the reappointment of the registrar/CEO of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Prof. Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye, for a second and final tenure of Five (5) years with effect from 1st August, 2021.

“Similarly, Prof. Bashir H. Usman has been appointed as the executive secretary, National Commission for Nomadic Education for a second and final tenure of five (5) years,” the statement added.