President Bola Tinubu has issued a directive to withdraw the nomination of Engr. Imam Kashim Imam for the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA). This withdrawal, as conveyed in a statement by presidential spokesperson Ajuri Ngelale on Thursday, is effective immediately.
It’s important to note that this directive does not impact any other appointments to the Board and Executive Management team of FERMA.
There was a significant public reaction when Tinubu initially appointed Imam, a 25-year-old first-class graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Brighton University, to the role of FERMA Board Chairman. Imam had also earned a Master of Science degree with honors from the same university and had completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in August 2022. Additionally, he had previously worked as a special assistant to Dave Umahi, the Minister of Works.
Imam’s father, Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, is a Nigerian politician who contested for the position of Borno State Governor as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in 2003 and 2007, but was defeated by Ali Modu Sheriff of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) on both occasions.