Ajuri Ngelale, a former correspondent with Channels Television and African Independent Television, has joined the Bola Tinubu-led government as a media aide.
Rivers-born Ngelale will replace Dele Alake as the President’s special adviser on media and publicity.
Ekiti-born Alake is on his way to becoming a minister after working with the President as a commissioner in Lagos almost two decades ago.
Ngelale’s father, Precious Osaro, is a former minister of state for water resources under the Olusegun Obasanjo administration.
He was a former chairman/MD of Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt; General Manager of Rivers State Vegetable Oil Coy; and honourable member of Rivers State House of Assembly, 1983.
Ngelala is well on his way to following his father’s footsteps in politics.
After serving the Buhari-led government, he has been selected to speak on behalf of President Tinubu.
“President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Chief Ajuri Ngelale as Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity.
“The appointment takes effect from 31st July, 2023 and will terminate at the end of this administration unless otherwise decided by the President.
“The President urges him to bring his wealth of experience to bear on the new assignment,” a statement from the presidency noted.
Reacting to the appointment, Ngelale wrote on his Twitter page:
“I am most humbled and honoured by H.E. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s recognition of the need for more hard work ahead as I have been appointed as his Official Spokesperson & Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity.
“I will give my best as always. I love you all.”