Sumaila replaces Mr Joseph Isah, who retired from the civil service last month, having attained the mandatory 35 years in service.
Special Assistant on Media to the Minister, Olayinka Oyebode described the new sola administrator as a trained engineer and project manager, adding that he is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).
Until his appointment, Sumaila was Senior Advisor, Government Relations with Shell Petroleum Development Company.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Business School Netherlands (BSN).
The appointment takes immediate effect.