The board of directors of Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSat) Ltd, managers of Nigeria’s hybrid geostationary satellite has asked Engr. Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai, managing director, to proceed on indefinite leave.
The leave is to pave way for an investigation into the financial status of the company.
A statement by Sonny Aragba-Akpore, head, corporate communications, NigComSat said that the development followed a ministerial directive by Communications Technology Minister, Mrs. Omobola Johnson.
Consequently, Ms Abimbola Alale, executive director (Marketing) has been named acting managing director, pending the conclusion of the investigation.
Ahmed-Rufai who has extensive experience in both private and public sectors started as Project manager of NigComSat-1 before the establishment of NIGCOMSAT Limited in April 2006, when he was named managing director/ chief executive.
Alale also started as a member of the project team and was appointed director of marketing of NIGCOMSAT Limited in 2006 and rose to the position of executive director marketing until her recent appointment as acting managing director.