Buhari To Commence Massive Cleanup In Ministries And Agencies

The Nigerian President has ordered the massive ‘clean up’ of the list of board appointments.

The clean up according to the presidency is aimed at satisfying the requirements of the Acts establishing agencies and parastatals in line with the appointees to the offices.

The Presidency stated that for this reason, a total of 209 board chairmen and 1,258 members on the list of appointments released late last December had not been inaugurated.

Revealing the latest development, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, while speaking today stated that the clean-up exercise was being anchored by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

Shehu added that the exercise became necessary in lieu of the outrage that trailed the inclusion of dead persons on the list of appointments.

Shehu added that the list containing appointments into 11 ministries, departments and agencies, including those in the Office of the Vice President and the Office of the SGF has been cleaned up and is ready for inauguration.

He further added that the SGF would by Saturday complete the remaining clean up and “and forward to them (the ministries) to inaugurate at their own time.”

He noted: “So far, they have cleaned up the list of 11 ministries, departments and parastatals of government, including those under the Office of the Vice President and the Office of the SGF. Between today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday), the SGF will clean up the remaining.

“Once this list is cleaned—because some (appointees) are dead—once the SGF is satisfied that the requirements of the laws establishing those agencies are met by the appointees, who have been put forward, they (SGF Office) will release to the ministries to go and inaugurate.

“There are some ministries that are not covered by the earlier release. Those ones will also be completed. The SGF is working to ensure that the entire board processes are completed by the end of this month.”

Responding to questions regarding the details of the cleaning up exercise, Shehu said: “When the list was released, there was an outrage.

“The list will be vetted to make sure that the requirement of the law is met, because the law would say appoint so, so and so person of this kind of background, representation of so, so and so number of women, civil society so that the requirement of the law is met as far as the Acts establishing those agencies are concerned.”