Thursday, January 15, 2015 7.05 AM / By James Emejo, Thisday
Barely 48 hours after taking over from the former Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission, (SEC), Ms. Arunma Oteh, in acting capacity, Alhaji Mournir Gwarzo has effected a major re-deployment of top management staff to various departments in the commission.
He has also vowed to return the commission to its traditional core values through a rebranding which according to him, would put an end to abuse of rights of its staff.
THISDAY reliably gathered on Wednesday that over 69 personnel had been redeployed to new positions particularly those perceived to have had close links with the former DG.
Some of them are believed to have been redeployed from the headquarters to Lagos and other offices nationwide.
Earlier on Tuesday, during a staff get-together party organised by the commission, Gwarzo had said a rebranding was necessary to redeem a decade of battered image due to abuse of rights of its officials.
He stressed that the fundamental human rights of staff of the commission had been violated in the past 15 years resulting in-house strife. He however, warned the staff unions not to abuse the rights accorded them.
According to him: “The era of fighting has passed, because there will be nothing to fight for. The issues on ground have been amicably resolved, so what do we fight for again?”
Continuing, he said: “I thank the union and I want to assure you that you should hold me accountable for your commitment to the commission, I am one of you, I know everybody by face, you know that I know the issues on ground, and you know that 10, 15 years ago things were not the way they supposed to be based on how we used to behave. So I want you all to go back to the good old days where there was respect for each other. We as executive management will continue to ensure that no stone is left unturned.”
Meanwhile, an insider source told THISDAY yesterday that everyone in the former DG’s office had been reposted, including the former special adviser on media to Oteh, Mr. Obi Adindu who is now the Divisional Head, Investor Education.