Ekiti APC hails Buhari over board appointments

President Buhari Approves 1,258 Board Members See Complete List

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.

Also, the President appointed Rev Christopher Utov as a Member of Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research.

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.

The list comprised 209 board chairmen and 1,258 members.

The founder of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko, the first private polytechnic in Northern Nigeria was in April 2017.

He said this in reaction to the outcry over the inclusion of at least four dead persons in the list of appointees.

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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The Russian president then discussed the initiative with the leaders of the self-proclaimed Ukrainian republics over the phone. Journalists, activists and bloggers who had been accused of spying or treason were among those released .

He said: "This list is a historical list".

He said the list which was released by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) was prepared over two years ago and nobody could stop some of those included on the list from dying between then and now.

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media, says there is nothing scandalous about the appointments made by his principal into boards of government agencies.

"The names were compiled by the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and forwarded to SGF".

"The report was disputed by state governors who said they were not carried along or the list was not representative enough". He died in November but was listed by President Buhari as one of the members of the Consumer Protection Council.

Ms. Ezekwesili, in a series of tweets on her verified Twitter handle, expressed disappointment at the presidency for releasing such list as well as defending the errors contained in the list.

"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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