SERAP Asks Buhari To Withdraw Board Appointments With Dead Persons

SERAP Asks Buhari To Withdraw Board Appointments With Dead Persons
SERAP Asks Buhari To Withdraw Board Appointments With Dead Persons

01 January, 2018

Others are Garba Attahiru, a former chairman of Kaduna South Local Government who passed on previous year but was appointed on the board of the Federal Medical Centre, Yenegoa, and Umar Dange, a former secretary of APC elders committee in Sokoto, who was appointed to the board of FMC Ibute Meta.

Many board members are still not assign but work is still going on to appoint members to such agencies, said Boss Mustapha.

Also, the President appointed Rev Christopher Utov as a Member of Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research.

Reverend Utov, the proprietor of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko passed away on March 17, 2017.

At least seven appointees announced Friday by the presidency on a list that has over a thousand board members have been confirmed to have died long before their appointments.

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"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".

"It's absolutely important for Buhari to ensure that the process through which board appointments are made is transparent and merit-based".

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. "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".

He also directed that the appointments take immediate effect and ministers are advised to inaugurate the boards after letters of appointment were issued. Mr. Ugbaja, a former deputy inspector general of police, died on November 29, 2017.

Mr Okpozo, 81, was appointed Chairman of the Nigerian Press Council. 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. "But Okpozo, a Senator in the Second Republic, died on December 16, 2016".

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