FG Suspends Governance Code, Sacks FRCN Boss
The Nigeria’s Federal Government has suspended, for further review, the Governance Code law, which forced Pastor Enoch Adeboye to step down as the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement signed by the media aide to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Constance.
The Financial Regulatory Council of Nigeria (FRCN) under Mr Jim Obazee, had directed not-for-profit organisations, including churches and mosques to comply with a corporate governance code stipulating a term of 20 years for heads of such entities.
It was by this provision that Pastor Adeboye, who had spent over 20 years as General Overseer of RCCG, named Pastor Joshua Obayemi to head the church in Nigeria while he remained the global overseer of the church.
The statement quoted the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah, saying that the government remains committed to restoring and enhancing market confidence and improving the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
Before the announcement by the Ministry, Presidential spokesperson, Mr Garba Shehu, announced President Buhari’s approval of the immediate removal of the Executive Secretary of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN), Mr. Jim Obazee, as well as the reconstitution of its board.
The President consequently approved the appointment of Mr Daniel Asapokhai as the new Executive Secretary and also appointed Mr Adedotun Sulaiman as the new chairman of the council.
Mr Sulaiman is a former Managing Partner/Director of Arthur Anderson and later, Accenture, a Chartered Accountant and a product of the University of Lagos and Harvard Business School.
Mr Asopokhai is a partner and a financial reporting specialist at the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Nigeria.
He is also a product of the University of Lagos and the University of Pretoria.
According to a statement issued on Monday by the President’s spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, President Buhari has also instructed the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Okechukwu Enelamah, to invite the 19 Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government and private sector organisations specified in the FRCN Act to nominate members of board of their councils.