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Withdraw board appointments with 8 dead persons, SERAP tells Buhari

Withdraw board appointments with 8 dead persons, SERAP tells Buhari

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.

He therefore assured that the appearance of dead persons' names was a mistake which would be corrected.

The list was made up of 209 Chairmen and 1,258 members. The retired deputy inspector general of police died on November 29, 2017, exactly a month before his appointment was announced.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has congratulated members of the party in the state that were appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as heads and members of boards of federal parastatals and commissions. Going ahead with these appointments would neither advance due process nor Buhari's oft-expressed commitment to prevent and combat corruption.

According to the organisation, "Taking partisan politics out of the appointments to boards of agencies and parastatals is one surest way for Buhari to show that his government is truly one of change, that would do things differently from successive governments that apparently handed out board appointments to reward party members, supporters and cronies". "Nigeria has ratified the convention".

He also directed that the appointments take immediate effect and ministers are advised to inaugurate the boards after letters of appointment were issued. A merit-appointment system would produce a better qualified board, and ultimately improve the governance architecture and access of Nigerians to essential public services.

Shehu further explained that the president only chose to revisit the matter recently and therefore directed the new SGF to release the list.

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. Haba. This is the height of what Feyi calls, "anyhowness".

Below are reactions of other Nigerians to the presidency's goof.

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