by Stanley Azuakola
The curtain has closed on the controversial tenure of the Festus Odimegwu as chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), as he has resigned his appointment from the commission.
Odimegwu’s tenure was characterised by series of controversies with several people, including Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano, newspaper columnists and even 24 of the 35 NPC commissioners demanding his resignation.
Odimegwu’s crime was his seeming lack of restraint in commenting and criticising the results of past census exercises, saying he has evidence that Nigeria has not been able to conduct a credible census exercise since 1816.
The Federal Government then issued Odimegwu a query to explain the reasons behind his utterances.
But a statement issued Thursday by the Special Assistant (media) to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sam Nwaobasi said that Odimegwu has resigned and President Goodluck Jonathan has already accepted the resignation.
The statement reads: “His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR has accepted the resignation of Eze Festus Odimegwu as Chairman of the National Population Commission with effect from Thursday, 17th of October, 2013.”
“Dr. Sam Ahaiwe, the Commissioner representing Abia State in the Commission, will act as chairman pending the appointment of a substantive Chairman.”