Six Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of media outfits and agencies under the Ministry of Information and Culture have been named by the Federal Government.
They are: Ishaq Modibo Kawu- Director-General, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC); Mansur Liman- Director-General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN); Mr. Yakubu Mohammed, the Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Mr. Garba Abari- Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA); Bayo Onanuga, Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), and Mr. Osita Okechukwu, the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON).
The former occupants of the agencies, who were appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan, were sacked on February 15, 2016.
The appointment of the new DGs was announced on Wednesday in Abuja by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Mohammed, in a statement, said their appointments are with immediate effect.
Until his appointment, Kawu, a renowned columnist from Kwara State, was the chief executive officer of Word, Sound and Vision Multimedia Limited, based in Abuja.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Masters’ degree in Political Science and reported for Radio Nigeria, Radio France International, Radio Netherlands and BBC World Service.
Kawu was at various times an employee of Radio Kwara, pioneer general manager of Kwara State Television Authority and editor of the Daily Trust Newspaper. He later became the chairman of the Daily Trust Editorial Board.
For Onanuga, 59, an acclaimed journalist, he hails from Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. He attended Ijebu Muslim College, Ijebu-Ode, Federal Government College, Odogbolu and read Mass Communications at the University of Lagos.
He worked at The Guardian Newspaper as a Subeditor, the defunct National Concord as senior features writer and later defunct African Concord magazine published by the late business mogul, Chief MKO Abiola.
Onanuga was the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of The News Magazine until the latest appointment.
Liman is known to have worked at the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Service, (BBC) while 61-year-old Abari, the new NOA boss hails from Potiskum, Yobe State.
He schooled at Central Primary School, Potiskum and Fika Government Secondary School, Potiskum.
Liman holds a PhD in Political Science and served as a lecturer at the College pf Basic Studies, Maiduguri, Borno State and Usman Dan Fodio University, Maiduguri.
The VON boss, Okechukwu hails from Eke community in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State. He is a product of the University of Nigeria (UNN) and until his appointment, the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South East.
Sixty-six-year-old Mohammed (NTA DG) hails from Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State. He attended St. Joseph Primary School, Anyigba and Government Secondary School, Okene.
Mohammed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (UNILAG).