REA’s CEO, Salihijo, Denies Wrongdoing In Contract Award

Mr. Ahmad, DG/CEO Mr. Ahmad

Mr. Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), has denied  allegation that bothers on “breach of contract code”, raised by a firm, Donnington Nigeria Limited.

Salihijo, while responding to a petition to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) by the firm denied any wrong doing.

The allegation had claimed that the MD/CEO, was a Director in Velocity Logistics and Marine Services Limited (Velocity) while equally serving as the MD/CEO of the Rural Electrification Agency.

In providing clarification on the issue, Salihijo, said, “It became necessary to respond to this claim as it is untrue and defamatory. For the sake of clarity, I want to emphasize that my employment history had been thoroughly vetted and approved by the appropriate authorities, upon my assumption to the role of MD/CEO at the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) on the 29th of December, 2019.”

“Prior to taking on this critical role at the Agency, I had been in the private sector and had equally relinquished my position as one of the Directors of Velocity as far back as April 252019, long before I was appointed MD/CEO of the REA.”

These details, he affirmed, are accessible and available at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

In addition, he said, as an administrator committed to serve while upholding the mandate of the Agency, he acted with the highest ethical standards and has never engaged in any behavior conflict with the interest of my position as the MD/CEO of REA.

“I am in no way privy to any and all business dealings between Donnington Nigeria Limited and Velocity as I have had no connection whatsoever with Velocity since April 25, 2019. It is unfortunate that this publication was made and directed to harm my reputation, defame my character and that of the agency I lead.

“I hereby demand that, the publisher and the petitioner retract this unfounded allegation, publish a rejoinder to set the records straight, and desist from further defamatory publications.”