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Infrastructure Development head Nayyem resigns after being blocked from attending German reconstruction conference

by Nate Ostiller June 10, 2024 12:41 PM 2 min read
Mustafa Nayyem, the former head of Ukraine's agency for Restoration and Infrastructure Development in a photo on June 28, 2020. (Mustafa Nayyem/Facebook)
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Editor's note: This article was updated to include Ukrainska Pravda's reporting on a response from a source in government regarding the rejection of Mustafa Nayyem's request to attend the Ukraine Recovery Conference.

Mustafa Nayyem, the head of Ukraine's Agency for Restoration and Infrastructure Development, has resigned, Nayyem wrote on Facebook on June 10. The NV media outlet, citing sources, said that two other heads of the agency are also reportedly resigning along with Nayyem.

The news follows reporting by Bloomberg the previous day, which wrote that Nayyem had said he was prevented from attending the upcoming Ukraine Recovery Conference scheduled for June 11-12 in Berlin.

Nayyem told Bloomberg in an email that Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal "personally rejected my request for this business trip to Berlin without giving reasons."

Beyond reporting on the resignation of the three officials, NV also shared what appeared to be a document from Shmyhal rejecting Nayyem's travel request.

Ukrainska Pravda then reported, citing unnamed sources in government, that Nayyem's request to join the conference was rejected because the government had scheduled an important meeting regarding the agency's restoration work on June 12, which conflicted with the conference.

"The agency's report was supposed to be heard (at the meeting)," the source said.

"That is why (Shmyhal) did not agree to (Nayyem's) trip."

The news comes in the wake of the dismissal of Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov in May. The government has since appointed Vasyl Shkurakov as acting infrastructure minister, but an official replacement for Kubrakov has yet to be announced.

In a lengthy post on Facebook, Nayyem named a series of complaints about the "systemic obstacles" that have limited his ability to do his job, ultimately leading to his decision to resign.

Among his many grievances, Nayyem said that the budget for road reconstruction had been "completely canceled," the agency had been forced to deal with endless bureaucracy and red tape, and the salaries for agency officials were slashed, resulting in a 25% staff reduction.

Despite the setbacks, Nayyem said he was proud of what the agency had been able to accomplish, but said that the combined impact of Kubrakov's dismissal and his inability to attend the recovery conference made the continuation of his work "impossible."

A native of Afghanistan who moved to Ukraine as a child, Nayyem previously served as a member of Ukraine's parliament from 2014 to 2019. He was appointed as the head of the Restoration and Infrastructure Development in January 2023.

Nayyem has also been credited for being one of the first activists to call for people to demonstrate in Kyiv in November 2013 at the beginning of the protest movement that culminated in the EuroMaidan Revolution.

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