Okpozu: Presidency apologises for errors in board members list

Centre for Social Justice

Three out of the board members and chairmen newly appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari are deceased, an investigation has revealed.

Okpozo, a champion of Niger Delta courses, with a long history of struggles, the President acknowledged in his condolence message, died on 28 December 2016, in Ozoro home, in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State.

He also appointed Chris Utov as a member of the Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research.

The Presidency says there is nothing "scandalous or extraordinary" in the inclusion of the names of some dead persons in the list of appointments into boards of some agencies released on Friday.

"And now, u appoint a dead man, Senator Francis Okposo, as chairman of the Press Council".

He also added that the blunder in the list clearly demonstrates that the governance of the country has been in the wrong hands in the last two years.

As the hours ticked away however, it became clear that some of the appointees would be in no position to receive their appointment letters in person and would definitely never be able to carry out the assigned task as they had passed on, even if the letters may be received by the administrators of their estates.

Shehu however assured Nigerians that the dead appointees will be replaced. It dates back to 2015.

"The then SGF, Babachir Lawal, presented the report in October 2016, one year after he was commissioned".

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the constitution of the governing boards of agencies and parastatals making the largest set of appointments since assuming office. The panel has some governors and some leaders of the party as members.

The presidential spokesman said the president only made a decision to revisit the matter recently and therefore directed the new SGF to release the list. They were asked to go and review the list.

Bunza was reported to be a staunch supporter of the APC.

He said, "These controversies would have been avoided if some people, especially the governors, had not protested".

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