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President Buhari to broadcast to nation on Monday

01 January 2018
President Buhari to broadcast to nation on Monday

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the constitution of the Governing Boards of agencies and parastatals, under some ministries, and also the appointment of "eminently qualified Nigerians" to fill the board positions, numbering 209 chairmen and 1,258 members.

Mr Okpozo, 81, was appointed Chairman of the Nigerian Press Council.

He was appointed to the board of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research. "But Okpozo, a Senator in the Second Republic, died on December 16, 2016".

Mr Ugbaja, who was appointed by the President as a member of the Consumer Protection Council, died on November 29, 2017.

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.

In a scathing statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said, "How on earth can a government that cannot compile a common list handle intricate issues of national planning and budgeting; issues of health, education, aviation, agriculture, infrastructure and management of the huge civil service?"

According to him, "no human undertaking can be free of mistakes", maintaining that "there is no scandal" involved in the appointments.

"The list was compiled in 2015 immediately after the election", said a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who added that he expected names of more dead people.

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.

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has urged Nigerians to keep alive their hope in the ability of President Muhammadu Buhari's administration to restore the economy and bring it to a remarkable height.

"The president's trips for medical attention slowed down completion of the process", he said, until when Mr Buhari made a decision to revisit the matter recently.

A source told Daily Trust on Sunday that the controversial list contains over 60 percent of the initial nominations by the Babachir Lawal-led committee despite protest of some governors and party bigwigs.