Uproar As Dead Men Make Govt's Boards List


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The President also "hopes that all who mourn Senator Okpozo will carry forward his legacy of unwavering dedication to the unity of Nigeria, even as the nation would fondly remember his contributions to peace, development and justice in the Niger Delta".

Among the dead persons appointed is Christopher Utov who was appointed a member of Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research.

Closer perusing of the recently released list of appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari into the boards of some government agencies and parastatals has shown that six persons, and not just three as earlier reported in some media, found their names into the list.

The appointments of 209 board chairpersons and 1,258 board members were announced on Friday.

Rev Utov, the proprietor of Fidei Polytechnic, Gboko, passed away on March 17, 2017.

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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 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.

Ahmed Bunza, who also made the list is said to have died at Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, and was buried May 22.

He said the president requested for the submission of 50 names each by the state chapters of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2015, which were later compiled by the national secretariat of the party.

The presidency in explaining the folly of the list, stated that it was compiled two years ago. He died in November but was listed by President Buhari as one of the members of the Consumer Protection Council.

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