President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Ezra Yakusak as the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC).

According to a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, Yakusak’s appointment is effective from November 27.

“The appointment is for an initial term of four years in accordance with the provision of Section 7 (1) of the NEPC (Establishment) Act, 1987,” the statement reads.

“The appointment is with effect from 27th November, 2021.

“Until his appointment, Dr Yakusak, who holds a PhD in commercial law from the Ahmadu Bello University, was the Director, Policy and Strategy, NEPC.

“He has also served as Secretary to the Governing Board of the Council.”

Yakusak will take over from Segun Awolowo, whose reappointment as NEPC CEO was announced in February 2018.

Awolowo was first appointed as NEPC CEO by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan in November 2013.