Adebayo Shittu appoints new media aide amid estacode controversy

Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu

Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has appointed Bolaji Kazeem as his new special assistant on media.

Deputy director, press and public relations in the ministry, Henshaw Ogubike, announced the appointment in a statement issued on Saturday.

It comes days after Mr Shittu fired his former special assistant on media, Victor Oluwadamilare, and special assistant on special duties, Imam Tajudeen.

The two had accused him of owing them months of unpaid salaries and allowances while he uses his office to acquire illicit wealth.

Mr Oluwadamilare disclosed that Shittu is referred to “estacode minister”, prompting the latter to label his accuser “luciferous and satanic”.

The new media aide, according to the statement by Ogubike, attended the University of Ibadan, International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) and Nasarawa State University for his higher and professional education including Master of Public Administration.

“Mr Kazeem was a Press Secretary at the Special Duties Office (SDO), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

“He was part of the media team of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment from 2007-2015 before he was posted to Special Duties Office from the Federal Ministry of Information.

“Bolaji has participated in local and International conferences and seminars such as Annual Seminar for Industry, Trade and Investment Correspondents and Editors, Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP).

“He participated in Trade Facilitation (Establishment of Transnational Border Market Pilot Project in Okerete); Quarterly Luncheon with Business Leaders; 2010 Shanghai Expo; China and Nigeria Business Forum, Beijing.”

The new media aide was also part of an interactive session on Investment Drive, New Delhi; America and Africa Business Forum, Washington; Kenya-Nigeria Business Forum Nairobi among others, the statement added.

He is a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalism (NUJ), Federal Ministry of Information Chapel.