Tinubu appoints Alake, Ribadu others as advisers
Nigeria’s president, Bola Tinubu, on Thursday appointed eight special advisers.
Those appointed include Dele Alake as special adviser, special duties, communications and strategy; Nuhu Ribadu as special adviser on security; and Wale Edun as special adviser, monetary policies.
The appointments were announced in a statement signed by the State House Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye.
Other persons appointed are, Yau Darazo, special adviser, political and intergovernmental affairs; Wale Edun, special adviser, monetary policies; and Olu Verheijen, special adviser, energy.
Zachaeus Adedeji was appointed special adviser, revenue; John Ugochukwu Uwajumogu, special adviser, industry, trade and investment; and Dr (Mrs.) Salma Ibrahim Anas, special adviser, health.
Who’s Dele Alake?
Alake is a Nigerian journalist, activist and technocrat. He is a former commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State between 1999 and 2007 when Tinubu was governor.
He got involved in active politics in Nigeria as the communication advisor and confidant of Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola – the winner of the annulled June 12 presidential election in Nigeria in 1993.
In December 2014, Alake resurfaced in national politics in Nigeria through its appointment as the director of Media and Communication of the Buhari Campaign Organisation to help Nigeria’s former head of state, Muhammadu Buhari to victory in the presidential election in Nigeria in February 2015.
Alake’s journalism career
Alake began his journalism career when, as a fresh graduate, he served at the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC) for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme.
After completing the one year national service as made compulsory by the Nigerian government, Alake secured an appointment at the Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation (LSBC) as Senior Sub-Editor in which capacity he served till 1980.
He had served as Current Affairs Officer and Senior Current Affairs Officer, and was later made Principal Current Affairs Officer in 1983.
Through his experience in broadcast media, Alake contributed to the establishment of Lagos Television (L TV 8), the sister station of his employers, the Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation.
After a successful engagement in broadcast journalism, Alake moved into print media. In late 1985, he joined the Concord Press publishers of the Concord Group of Newspapers – National Concord and Sunday Concord, as a writer and editor.
A year after his employment, he became a columnist in the National Concord and served in that capacity until 1989. Later that year, he was appointed editor of Sunday Concord, a post he held till 1995. Before then he doubled as a columnist in the Sunday Concord. Later in 1995, he became editor of the National Concord, a post he retained till June 1999.
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