Buhari appoints Coker DG tourism Commission

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Folorunso Folarin-Coker

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Mr Folorunsho Coker, ss the new Director-General for Nigerian Tourism Development Commission (NTDC).

Coker, a former commissioner for tourism in Lagos State was on Friday initially named as the DG of the National Film and Video Censors Board.

Mr. Femi Adesina, presidential adviser on media and publicity said the announcement was made in error.

Folorunso Folarin-Coker,52, had played various roles in Lagos state. He was deputy chief of staff to former governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He later became the managing director of the state-owned Number Plate Production Authority. In 2014, he was appointed an adviser to Governor Raji Fashola.

Folarin-Coker was born on July 27, 1965, to Chief Folarin Coker, a lawyer, a former permanent secretary and Baba Eto of Lagos.

He was educated at St. Gregory’s College, Obalende, Lagos and University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree.

He is married to Aishat Folarin-Coker.

Adesina also announced the appointment of Mr Adedayo Thomas, as the Executive Director of the National Film and Video Censors Board, (NFVCB).

Other appointments announced at the weekend were those of the chairmen of the boards of the Nigerian Television Authority and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria.

Former editor of the National Concord, Chief Duro Onabule is the chairman of the NTA.

Other executive directors of NTA include Dr Steve Egbo (Administration and Training), Mr. Abdul Dembos (Marketing), Mr. Mohammed Labbo (News), Mrs Fatima M. Barda (Finance), Mr. Stephen Okoanachi (Engineering) and and Mr. Wole Coker (Programmes).

At the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Mr. Aliyu Hayatu is new chairman, while Mr. Buhari Auwalu and Mr. Yinka Amosun, are Zonal Directors, Kaduna and Lagos, respectively.

In the Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr Chika Maduekwe, is the General Manager and at the National Theatre and National Troupe of Nigeria, Comrade Tar Ukoh, was appointed as Artistic Director.

At the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, was appointed Director-General.

At the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, is chairman, while the new Director-General is Engr. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja.

Other members of the NEMA Board are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Engr. David Babachir Lawal; and Captain Talba Alkali, representing Ministry of Transport and Aviation.

Amb. Rabiu Dagari is representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr Ngozi Azadoh, Ministry of Health; Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido, Ministry of Interior; Engr. Ajisegiri Benson Akinloye; Ministry of Water Resources, AVM Emmanuel Anebi; Nigerian Armed Forces; and AIG Salisu Fagge Abdullahi, Nigerian Police Force.


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