Arc. Bob Achanya
On the 1st of June 2023, Nigeria’s North-Central Zone woke up to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s gift with the announcement of the appointment of His Excellency, Senator George Akume as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). While many opine that the President, made a courageous and significant decision by appointing Senator George Akume from Guma Benue State, North Central geopolitical zone as the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF), of Nigeria.
The appointment comes at a crucial time when Nigeria needs capable leaders to navigate the challenges faced by the nation. Senator George Akume’s political experience, track record, consistency, and dedication to public service make him a promising choice for the role. As a former Governor of Benue State, Senator Akume’s background already speaks to his potential performance as SGF, and the positive impact he can bring to Nigeria.
Senator George Akume comes into the SGF office with an enviable Background and Political Experience. As a seasoned politician, he has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to public service throughout his career. Born on December 27, 1953, in Benue State, Nigeria,
Akume began his political journey in the early 1990s when he served as the Executive Chairman of Guma Local Government Area. He later represented Benue West Senatorial District in the Nigerian Senate for three consecutive terms (2007-2019). His impressive tenure as a senator earned him the respect of his colleagues and constituents alike.
During his time in the Senate, Akume served as the Minority Leader and later as the Senate Minority Whip, showcasing his exceptional leadership skills. He was instrumental in pushing for legislation to address critical issues such as security, education, and agriculture.
As the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Akume played a vital role in ensuring the welfare of the Nigerian Armed Forces.On his performance as Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator George Akume’s appointment as SGF is a testament to President Tinubu’s confidence in his abilities.
The role of the SGF is crucial as it serves as the coordinating link between the presidency, ministries, departments, and agencies of the government. Akume’s extensive political experience and track record make him well-suited for this position.
As SGF, Akume is expected to facilitate effective coordination among the different arms of government. His experience as a governor, and senator, and in diverse leadership positions within the subnational space, the National Assembly, and the Buhari administration’s federal executive council will enable him to build bridges and foster cooperation among diverse stakeholders.
This coordination will be vital in implementing government policies and programs efficiently.Senator Akume has consistently demonstrated a commitment to good governance throughout his career.
In enhancing governance he has consistently advocated for transparency, accountability, and the rule of law, all of which are crucial elements for effective governance. As SGF, Akume can leverage his influence and expertise to ensure that government policies and programs are implemented with integrity and in the best interest of the Nigerian people.
Emphasizing current socioeconomic development challenges, there is no gainsaying that Nigeria faces numerous socioeconomic challenges, including insecurity, poverty, power, unemployment, and infrastructure deficits.
Senator Akume’s appointment provides an opportunity to address these issues head-on. His past involvement in agricultural and rural development initiatives positions him well to contribute to the government’s efforts in revitalizing the agricultural sector, promoting job creation, and improving infrastructure across the country.
The security situation in Nigeria demands urgent attention and a coordinated approach. With the administration’s resolve to tackle Security and Conflict Resolution in a more creatively precise way, Senator Akume’s experience as a state governor and as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army indicates his understanding of the importance of security in national development.
His appointment as SGF presents an opportunity for him to contribute to strategies aimed at addressing insurgency, banditry, and communal conflicts, fostering peace, and ensuring the safety of all Nigerians.The appointment of Senator George Akume as the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF) by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a significant step towards effective governance and socioeconomic development in Nigeria and a recognition of the support and long-agitation of the people of North Central Nigeria and reward for their electoral support. Senator Akume’s political experience, leadership skills, and commitment to public service make him the ideal choice for this crucial role. His performance as SGF has the potential to enhance coordination, promote good governance, and address pressing challenges such as security and socioeconomic development in Benue state, the North Central zone, and entire Nigeria.
As Nigerians, we have every reason to be optimistic about the positive impact Senator Akume can bring to the nation as SGF.
Congratulations to our Distinguished Senator George Akume, SGF.Bob Achanya is the Director General of African Center for Asia +B Studies, Abuja.