Board appointments list is historical - Presidency

EXTRA Death toll rises to four on Buhari’s board appointees’ list

The SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha had on Friday issued a statement announcing that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the appointment of chairmen and board members for 209 federal government agencies and parastatals.

In his New Year message, which was signed by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, Ajimobi admitted that the country experienced social and economic challenges in 2017, stressing however that the various programmes and policies of the Federal Government would bring the needed succour to the people in 2018.

Earlier report on Saturday had claimed that three dead persons were included in the list.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reacting to the dead appointees brouhaha, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government is confused. "Furthermore, the mix up in the list also exposes the corruption in the APC government", he said.

Subsequently, he revealed, the names were submitted to the then SGF, Babachir Lawal.

"The report was disputed by state governors who said they were not carried along or the list was not representative enough". The panel has some governors and some leaders of the party as members.

"The president's trips for medical attention slowed down completion of the process", he said.

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. "They were asked to go and review the list", he explained.

Shehu however assured Nigerians that nominees who were confirmed dead would be replaced.

Daily Trust on Sunday had reported that the refusal of many states, especially those controlled by the APC, to forward their nominations was partly responsible for the delay in the inauguration of the boards.

The organisation further urged Mr. Buhari to ensure that appointments are transparent and based on merit, adding that a merit-appointment system would produce a better qualified board, and ultimately improve the governance architecture and access of Nigerians to essential public services.

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