Practice of drafting from highly experienced political circles or the senior academia. This time, a student from the Kwara State University (KWASU) is the new appointee. This nomination follows the appointment of Professor Agbaje from the University of Ibadan (UI).
“Taking a wider view of the national talent pool, it was clear that worthy candidates could be found outside of the traditional loci of power. The selection of a KWASU student is a testament to our confidence in the capabilities of the younger generation,” declared a statement from the Presidential Office.
The choice of appointing a student for this influential position underscores the administration’s agenda to foster youth participation in governance. While this appointment has stirred mixed reactions in the political sphere, it sends a compelling message about the shifting dynamics in the landscape of Nigeria’s political leadership.
Following the recent appointment of seasoned academic, Professor Agbaje of UI, the selection of a KWASU student may seem unconventional. However, the two appointments together display a balance between experience and youth — a combination that holds the promise of fresh ideas invigorating the administrative machinery without sacrificing the wisdom of experience.
President Bola Tinubu has appointed Olamide Obagbemileke, a 400-level student in the Department of Economics of the Kwara State University (KWASU), to the Presidential Committee on Fiscal Policy and Tax Reforms as a research assistant and analyst.
The appointment of Obagbemileke was announced by the university in a tweet on Thursday evening, October 12, adding that her appointment letter was signed by Bomate Ogaree-Lawson, a policy and research analyst and executive assistant to the Chairman of the Presidential Committee.
Details of Presidential Tax Reform Committee
On Wednesday, August 8, President Tinubu inaugurated the committee at the presidential villa in Abuja, where he appointed Taiwo Oyedele as chairman of the committee and Orire Agbaje, a 400-level economics student of the University of Ibadan.
The president earlier approved the committee’s establishment, where he first announced the appointment of Oyedele as the substantial chairman.
Agbaje’s appointment was credited to her being the president of the tax club in her school.
What Obagbemileke will be doing as Presidential tax reform committee
With the recent development, Obagbemileke became the second undergraduate who has been appointed to the presidential committee since its inauguration.
Obagbemileke will work with the committee for three months and serve as the committee’s student ambassador.
The tweet reads in part:
“I have no doubt that your enthusiasm, dedication, and fresh perspectives will greatly benefit our Committee and help us achieve our goals.”
See the tweet here: