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Don't lose hope in President Buhari's govt - Governor Ajimobi tells Nigerians


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.

The governor also expressed sympathy with Nigerians on the fuel crisis in the country, which, he said, spoilled the fun of the Yuletide for many people.

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to "withdraw without further delay the list of appointments to the boards of agencies and parastatals in order to remove a clear and recognizable danger to the integrity of these bodies, and allow the civil service systems to carry out the appointments, in strict conformity with established rules and Nigeria's global anticorruption obligations and commitments".

A scrutiny of the names, however, shows that at least three of them might be those of people who died after Buhari was sworn in as president on May 29, 2015.

FFK stated in a post on social media, said that the President's "Dementia has gone viral" after learning of the appointment of late Francis Okpozo as the chairman of the NPC.

Dr. Nabbs Imegwu, a former commissioner in Rivers State who died earlier this year, was appointed to the board of the National Orthopedic Hospitals while Comrade Ahmed Bunza from Kebbi State, an appointee to the Rubber Research Institute in Benin, had passed on in May 2017.




"We also thank our leaders that made sure that Ekiti members of APC were not short-changed in the current exercise".

According to Boss Mustapha, all the appointments take immediate effect.

The Presidency has said there is nothing "scandalous or extraordinary" about the board appointments list that included the names of some dead persons, stressing the list is a historical one.

"The names were compiled by the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and forwarded to SGF". He died in November but was listed by President Buhari as one of the members of the Consumer Protection Council.

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.

While calling on the new appointees to do Ekiti State proud in their various assignments, the party urged the President to consider Ekiti State for more appointments and also locate more employment-generating projects in the state.

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