The newly appointed DG of the Directorate of Technical Aids Corp, Rt Hon. Dr Yusuf Buba Yakub has assumed duty following his appointment by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Yakub appointment followed after the expiration of the tenure of the former Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Pius Olakunle Osunyikanmi who served a two year tenure of five years each.
Dr. Pius was first appointed by President Goodluck Ebelle Jonathan and his appointment was renewed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a brief reception held for the DG at the Directorate headquarters, staff were jubilant and excited to receive Hon. Yusuf. Speaking on behalf of management and staff of the directorate, the Director of programmes, Dr. Mohammed Mohammed thanked President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for appointing Hon Yakub describing his appointment as a square peg in a square hole, having served as House Committee Chairman on Foreign Affairs. They promised to give him the necessary cooperation to achieve the task before him. Mohammed further stated that while the appointment of Hon. Yakub as DG was new, the directorate and the entire management was not new to him as he has been of tremendous assistance to the establishment.
Responding, the DG, Dr Yusuf thanked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for appointing him as he promised to deliver on the Renewed Hope Agenda of the current administration stating that no task is to small or big before him as he was eminently prepared to deploy all his skills, God given abilities, experience and exposure to achieve the mandate of the agency.
With a focus on the DTAC’s vision of fostering South-South cooperation and assisting developing nations, Dr. Yakub emphasized the need to improve and build upon the agency’s commendable record of expertise and resources. He called for a repositioning and re-energizing of the agency under his “3-R Agenda” to align its vision with performance.
Dr. Yakub’s aspirations for the DTAC include contributing to Nigeria’s positive image globally, consolidating its leadership role among African, Caribbean, and Pacific nations through effective deployment of soft power diplomacy. He invited the agency’s staff to join him in this endeavor, rallying them to be the driving force behind the push for a renewed and reinvigorated DTAC.
Expressing his openness to new ideas and collaborations, Dr. Yakub highlighted his willingness to work closely with the professionals within the agency, counting on their expertise and collective aspiration for success.
Tthe new Director/CEO expressed his dedication to achieving the mandate of DTAC, reflecting his confidence in the team’s ability to deliver. The speech resonated with a message of unity, proactive engagement, and a commitment to realizing the agency’s goals under his leadership.