Ahead of the May 29 inauguration ceremony and transition to second term, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Controller General of the Nigeria Customs, Hameed Ali, Accountant General of the Federation and 12 other Heads of Agencies under the Ministry of Finance to submit their handover notes latest by April 23.
The directive was contained in a circular with reference no: FMF/PSSD/HON/32 dated April 8, 2019 and signed by the Minister of Finance, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed.
According to report, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Extra-Ministerial Departments and Auditor-General of the Federation were also directed to send in their handover briefs.
Others affected by the circular include the Debt Management Office, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria Deposit Insurance Cooperation (NDIC), National Insurance Commission, Investment and Security Tribunal, National Economic Reconstruction Fund, Nigeria Export Import Bank, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Development Bank of Nigeria and Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority.
The minister revealed that the development was to ensure a comprehensive handing over notes for the smooth and effective transition to the in-coming administration on May 29.
The handover notes she further revealed are to be prepared in soft copies, hard copies must as well contain lists of files under the custody of all the MDAs.
The memo reads in part: ‘’Following the recently concluded presidential election, preparations are in place to successfully conclude the current administration come May 29, 2019. As part of the process of transition, all agencies and departments under the Federal Ministry of Finance are directed to prepare their handover notes.
‘’All handover notes should be submitted to the permanent secretary (special duties) on or before April, 23, 2019. Ensure full compliance.’’
Efforts to reach the Customs Boss, Hameed Ali and Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed for comments were unsuccessful.
However, sources in the ministry said more agencies, ministers and political appointees would be affected in the build up to May 29 inauguration ceremony.