Akume assumes office as SGF, says ‘I will not disappoint Tinubu, Nigerians’

Senator George Akume being sworn in as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) by President Bola Tinubu, at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Wednesday, June 7, 2023. Photo: Statehouse

By Marvellous Nyang

Senator George Akume has assumed duty as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) at the presidential villa, Abuja after he was sworn into office by President Bola Tinubu.

Akume’s taking Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office was a brief ceremony which had dignitaries, including some serving and former Governors in attendance at the statehouse on Wednesday, June 7, 2023.

Also, Vice President Kashim Shettima; President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan; Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan; Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State; and the spouse of the new SGF, Mrs Regina Akume, were among prominent personalities in attendance.

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Akume’s swearing-in came five days after the President announced his appointment, that of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila as Chief of Staff, and former Deputy Governor of Jigawa State, Senator Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, as Deputy Chief of Staff.

The announcement was made during a meeting the President had with the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) in the statehouse.

Akume, a former Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, under the immediate past former President Muhammadu Buhari administration, speaking to the Statehouse correspondents after the ceremony said he won’t disappoint the President and promised to discharge his duties in the interest of Nigerians.

“I assure Nigerians I will do my best, I will not disappoint the President, I will not disappoint this country and I will not disappoint my party.

“I believe Nigerians will find fulfilment in my responsibilities as I discharge that in their own interest. It is an honour to serve the country and I am strongly persuaded that guided by Almighty God, I will do my best and Nigerians will really have to reap the dividends of democracy,” Akume said.