SERAP Asks Buhari To Withdraw Board Appointments With Dead Persons

Laura Christensen
January 1, 2018

"We also thank our leaders that made sure that Ekiti members of APC were not short-changed in the current exercise".

Buhari had on Friday approved the constitution of the governing boards of agencies and parastatals, appointing 209 chairmen and 1258 members to fill the board positions.

Dr. Nabbs Imegwu, a former commissioner in Rivers State who died earlier this year, was appointed to the board of the National Orthopedic Hospitals while Comrade Ahmed Bunza from Kebbi State, an appointee to the Rubber Research Institute in Benin, had passed on in May 2017.

One also finds it hard to accept that the government with its array of staff similarly could not cross-check the list to remove the names of persons who died subsequently after the list was compiled.

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According to him, while these appointments represent a substantial number of hitherto pending board appointments, some more appointments are still being processed and will be released in due course. "Nigeria has ratified the convention".

"It should be the practice of this government to make board appointments on the basis of ability, and not because of political influence or connection", it said.

"Letting the civil service systems get on with board appointments would also assure basic bureaucratic "hygiene, ' and help to facilitate the establishment of strong boards that would be better placed to 'deliver the goods" to Nigerians in the democratic context. The government is equally obligated to establish systems to prevent conflicts of interest and influence peddling in board appointments". He died in December 2016 and President Buhari had sent a letter of condolence to the family. He added that President Buhari directed the recently appointed SGF to release the list during "this holiday period". The retired deputy inspector general of police died on November 29, 2017, exactly a month before his appointment was announced.

The President also "hopes that all who mourn Senator Okpozo will carry forward his legacy of unwavering dedication to the unity of Nigeria, even as the nation would fondly remember his contributions to peace, development and justice in the Niger Delta".

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