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.
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari is to make a national broadcast on Monday, January 1, 2018, on the occasion of the 2018 New Year.
He also directed that the appointments take immediate effect and ministers are advised to inaugurate the boards after letters of appointment were issued.
"Withdrawing the appointments and directing and allowing the civil service systems to follow due process to reappoint chairpersons and members to the boards of these agencies and parastatals would bring the government's practices and operations into conformity with Nigeria's global anticorruption obligations, particularly the UN Convention against Corruption". Tanimu also produces TV shows with NTA when not on Social media.
The president approved the constitution of the Governing Boards of Agencies and Parastatals, under some Ministries, as well as the appointment of eminently qualified Nigerians to fill the Board positions.
Okpozo died in December 2016 and was granted the honour of a public condolence statement by President Buhari who however appeared to appoint him to chair the board of the National Press Council (NPC) in December 2017. Similarly, Article 7, paragraph 1, requires the government to establish and strengthen systems for board appointments based on the principles of transparency, efficiency, and objective criteria such as merit, equity, and aptitude. Mr. Ugbaja, a former deputy inspector general of police, died on November 29, 2017. Francis Okposo, as Chairman of the Press Council.
But it was discovered that in the list were some dead persons and this has generated mixed reactions, with some lambasting the Presidency for the error.
He explained that the list was compiled in 2015, but when the panel constituted to compile the list submitted its report early this year, President Muhammadu Buhari had health challenges and left the country on medical leave.