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Odimegwu Resigns As NPC Chairman

Chairman of National Population Commission, NPC, Festus Odimegwu, has voluntarily resigned his appointment, a statement from the Presidency said on Thursday.

Sam Nwaobasi, the special assistant on Media to the secretary to the government of the federation, said Sam Ahaiwe, the commissioner representing Abia State on the commission has been appointed acting chairman pending the appointment of a substantive chairman.

“His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, President, has accepted the resignation of Eze Festus Odimegwu as Chairman of the National Population Commission with effect from Thursday, October 17, 2013,” the statement said.

The President has also approved the appointments of Anya o. Anya, as a member of the advisory committee on national dialogue to replace Ben Nwabueze, declined the job and, Pius Osunyikanmi as director-general and chief executive officer of the Nigerian Technical Aids Corps, the statement added.

Odimegwu who was appointed chairman of NPC in June 2012 had been involved in a controversy over his comments on the conduct of the national census in 2006 which he said lacked credibility.

Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State, had Odimegwu for disparaging the census exercise and asked President Jonathan to sack him.