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Presidency Explains Names Of Dead Persons On Board Appointments

Presidency Explains Names Of Dead Persons On Board Appointments

In his end of the year appointments, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a deceased senator, Spanner Francis Okpozo, who died in Benin City, Edo, in 2016.

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

Abuja - The Presidency on Saturday explained the reasons why there are names of dead persons on the list of newly appointed chairmen and members of board of government parastatals and agencies released on Friday.

It is made up of 209 Chairmen and 1,258 members.

The third was the late founder of Fidei Polytechnic, Rev. Christopher Utov.

In a statement today by SERAP deputy director Timothy Adewale the organization said, "Appointing at least 8 dead people as board members would seem to suggest that the 1,467 appointments approved by Buhari were unscreened for competence, merit, equity, aptitude and conflicts of interest".

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Others were Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria; Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), National Steel Raw Materials Exploration Agency (NSRMEA), National Metallurgical Development Centre (NMDC), Jos; Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG), National Iron Ore Mining Company (NIOMCO), Itakpe; Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) Effurun, Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA), Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF), Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and Nigeria Customs Service.

He particularly expressed sympathy with Nigerians on the pervading fuel scarcity, which, he said, spoilt the fun of the Yuletide for many people, assuring that it was a phase that would soon fizzle out.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has urged Nigerians to keep hope alive on the ability of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to take the economy through a remarkable turnaround.

According to a statement on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the address would be broadcast at 7:00am.


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

"To answer this, the President constituted a committee under Vice President, Mr Yemi Osinbajo to review and reflect the interests of the Governors".

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