Buhari To Address Nigerians Jan 1

EXTRA Death toll rises to four on Buhari’s board appointees’ list

Last Friday, Mr Buhari announced the appointment of 1,467 board chairmen and members of some agencies and parastatals.

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

Among the dead persons appointed is Christopher Utov who was appointed a member of Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research.

The Presidency maintained that the appearance of dead persons names was a mistake, which would be corrected.

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 current SGF was only directed to complete that process by releasing the list which he apparently did without altering it", he explained.

He said: "This list is a historical list". It dates back to 2015.

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Ms. Ezekwesili, in a series of tweets on her verified Twitter handle, expressed disappointment at the presidency for releasing such list as well as defending the errors contained in the list.

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

He added: "However, complaint arose from some governors who felt they were not carried along in the process".

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. 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. "They were asked to go and review the list", he explained.

Daily Trust on Sunday had reported that the refusal of many states, especially those controlled by the APC, to forward their nominations was partly responsible for the delay in the inauguration of the boards.

"Taking these appointments out of the hands of a small elite group and strengthening the civil service systems and allowing them to deal with board appointments and other similar appointments in a professional, efficient and effective way would greatly decrease political influence or bias in the appointment process, and make the operations of these agencies and parastatals less dependent on partisan politics, which would in turn help improve the ability of the government to deliver effective policies and the much-needed good governance, growth and development to Nigerians".

The former SGF Babachir Lawal on October 26 that year inaugurated an eight-man committee headed by himself on the reconstitution of the boards. "I can tell you that numerous initial names were also the same names forwarded by the governors except in few cases".

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