Dead Appointments: Presidency responds to controversial appointments

Dead Appointments: Presidency responds to controversial appointments

The Presidency has responded to the controversial appointments of dead people to the board of agencies and parastatals.

Malam Garba Shehu - Dead Appointments: Presidency responds to controversial appointments
Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu

President Buhari has approved the appointment 209 chairmen and 1,258 members which included three dead people: Late Senator Okposu, Rev Fr Christopher Utov and retired Deputy Inspector General of Police and elder statesman, Donald Ugbaja who died last month.

The Spokesman to Buhari, Mr. Garba Shehu explained that the list was not scandalous, adding that it was a mere human error that would be corrected.

Garba explained that the list was drawn in 2015 on Buhari’s request through the party national secretariat, according to Premium Times report.

He added that the current SGF only released the list, after completing it, without making changes to the names already added.

“The list has a history. In 2015, Mr. President requested all state chapters of the party to submit names of 50 party members for board appointments,” Mr. Shehu said.

He added”The names were compiled by the national secretariat of the APC and forwarded to the then secretary to the government of the federation, Babachir Lawal.

“However, complaints arose from some governors who felt they were not carried along in the process. To answer this, the president constituted a committee under the vice president to review and reflect the interest of the governors”.

“The president’s trips for medical attention slowed down completion of the process,” he said, until when Mr Buhari decided to revisit the matter recently.

“The current SGF was only directed to complete that process by releasing the list which he apparently did without altering it,”

Garba, though confirmed that the lists have errors, stressed that “no human undertaking can be free of mistakes”.

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