BREAKING: Tinubu appoints Akume SGF
...Gbajabiamila as Chief of Staff
By The Editor
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Friday in Abuja announced the appointment of former Governor of Benue State and immediate past Minister of Special Duties, George Akume, as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
A statement issued by Abiodun Oladunjoye, Director, Information, State House, also named the Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as Chief of Staff, and Sen. Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, a former Deputy Governor of Jigawa State, as Deputy Chief of Staff.
Oladunjoye said the President made the announcement during a meeting with Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) in Abuja.
Senator George Akume, from Tarka Local Government Area of Benue state, was born on 27 December 1953. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Sociology and a master's degree in Labour Relations from the University of Ibadan.
He had an unbroken career in the Benue State civil service before retirement as a Permanent Secretary.
In 1999, he became Governor of Benue State and served two terms of four years. He was the first Governor of Benue state to have completed two terms in office.
Akume was a three-term Senator who was elected on the platform of three different political parties. He first won election to represent the people of Benue as a senator for Benue North-West in Nigeria's senate in 2007 on the platform of PDP. Akume was re-elected Senator for Benue North-West in the April 2011 elections, running on the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform. Senator Akume was again re-elected to the senate under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015. He served as Senate Minority Leader from June 2011 – June 2015 and was Chairman, Senate committee on Army and a ranking member of senate. He was nominated and confirmed a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, a position he held until May 29, 2023.