President Buhari has appointed Alhaji Aliyu Yahaya Gusau as Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation. He replaces Dr Bright Okogwu.
Alhaji Aliyu Gusau hail from Zamfara State.
Mr. Gusau’s appointment is with effect from August 18, 2015 and is for a term of four years, renewable for another four years, unless he attains the retirement age of 60 years or completes 35 years of pensionable service.
The former Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, Dr. Okogu Bright (pictured above) obtained his B.SC and M.SC (Econ.) from the London School of Economics in 1978 and 1979 respectively, and capped his academic pursuit with a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 1987.
Dr. Okogu Bright who retired 2 months ago and now working at the African Development Bank, ADB, has a rich background spanning a career at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), where he served as a Market Analyst between 1989 and 1997, and as a Senior Operations Officer at the OPEC Fund of International Development – both in Vienna, Austria.
Until his new appointment at Budget Office, Dr. Okogu was a Senior Economist in the Middle East and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which he joined in 1999. He was at various times in charge of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Quatar.
Dr. Okogu Bright was a member / secretary of the Economic Management Team (EMT) and of the Cash Management Committee responsible for overseeing the implementation of the federal budget, during his first duty tour in the Federal Ministry of Finance.
Dr. Okogu Bright has also chaired several important national committes which include the presidential Committee on Oil and Gas (2004-2005), The Inter-Ministerial Assessment Committee For The Implementation of the Federal Budget (2004-2006) and the Review and Advisory Committee on ways to speed up the work of the ‘Due Process’ Office, (2004-2005).
Dr. Okogu Bright has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed international journals and wrote chapters in books in the areas of Macroeconomic policy, Petroleum economics, Energy and Environmental economics as well as developmental Economics.