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Buhari Appoints Dead People To Boards, Spokesman Dismisses Public Outrage

Buhari Appoints Dead People To Boards, Spokesman Dismisses Public Outrage

Late Senator Francis Okpozo, was on Friday named among the 1,467 chairmen and members of the Federal Government Boards approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The founder of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko, the first private polytechnic in Northern Nigeria was in April 2017.

The Presidency has said there is nothing "scandalous or extraordinary" about the board appointments list that included the names of some dead persons, stressing the list is a historical one.

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.

"The then SGF, Babachir Lawal, presented the report in October 2016, one year after he was commissioned".

He said that between the compilation of the list and its announcement, the APC could not stop people from dying but assured that all dead appointees on the list will be replaced.

"The President's trips for medical attention slowed down completion of the process and the current SGF was only directed to complete that process by releasing the list which he apparently did without altering it".

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"However, complaint arose from some Governors who felt they were not carried along in the process".

"In 2015, Mr President requested all state chapters of the party to submit names of 50 party members for board appointments".

While calling on the new appointees to do Ekiti State proud in their various assignments, the party urged the President to consider Ekiti State for more appointments and also locate more employment-generating projects in the state. They were asked to go and review the list.

Efforts to get the spokesman of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Mohammed Nakorji, to comment on the development were not successful.

The organisation further urged Mr. Buhari to ensure that appointments are transparent and based on merit, adding that a merit-appointment system would produce a better qualified board, and ultimately improve the governance architecture and access of Nigerians to essential public services.

He said, "These controversies would have been avoided if some people, especially the governors, had not protested".


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