Published: Mon, January 01, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

SERAP, Ezekwesili, others react to Buhari's controversial board appointments

SERAP, Ezekwesili, others react to Buhari's controversial board appointments

Abuja - The Presidency on Saturday explained the reasons why there are names of dead persons on the list of newly appointed chairmen and members of board of government parastatals and agencies released on Friday. Rev Utov, the proprietor of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko who passed away on March 17, 2017. "The President asked all state chapters of the APC to forward 50 names for appointments to the SGF through the national headquarters of the party", Shehu said.

The list has created an uproar among Nigerians with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) describing the blunder as demonstrative of the "gross incompetence" of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The presidential spokesman said the president only chose to revisit the matter recently and therefore directed the new SGF to release the list.

He said: "This list is a historical list".

Subsequently, he revealed, the names were submitted to the then SGF, Babachir Lawal. A statement by the Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Taiwo Olatunbosun, also praised the President for considering members worthy of these appointments.

Shehu however assured Nigerians that nominees who were confirmed dead would be replaced.

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"So, the President constituted a new panel chaired by the Vice President".

"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".

When asked why the list was not vetted before release, Shehu countered that it actually took more than 2 years to collate the list and resolve disputes arising over the selection of persons nominated by certain governors and other stakeholders.

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.

"The list has a history which explains the controversy around it".

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