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Buhari to make broadcast Monday

01 January 2018, 12:50 | Todd Saunders

Buhari appoints 3 dead people as Board members, Chairman[DETAILS]

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday, January 1, 2018 make a national broadcast to commemorate the New Year.

Reverend Christopher Utov, who died in March 2017, is on the board of Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research and Chief Donald Ugbaja, who died last month, on the board of the Consumer Protection Council.

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

The announcement of the chairmanship and membership of the Boards was made by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

The list also has a number of names repeated while members of the opposition party were also spotted on the list.

But reacting to the issue, spokesman of the President, Mr Garba Shehu, said the error in the list was not enough to castigate the President for.

"How can they possibly initiate and successfully implement national and global instruments for national development in today's competitive world?"

He said: "This list is a historical list". We urge Nigerians to join the government to eradicate corruption to restore the lost glory of the nation.

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

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The presidency on Saturday tried to explain the inclusion of the dead persons, saying the list was compiled in 2015. It dates back to 2015.

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

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

"However, complaint arose from some Governors who felt they were not carried along in the process".

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.

The statement read in part, "Withdrawing the appointments and directing and allowing the civil service systems to follow due process to reappoint chairpersons and members to the boards of these agencies and parastatals would bring the government's practices and operations into conformity with Nigeria's global anticorruption obligations, particularly the UN Convention against Corruption". They were asked to go and review the list.

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

The president approved the constitution of the Governing Boards of Agencies and Parastatals, under some Ministries, as well as the appointment of eminently qualified Nigerians to fill the Board positions.

"The list has a history which explains the controversy around it".

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