By Nuel Suji
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned against what it called last-minute looting of the nation’s resources, hurried recruitment into the public service and rushed privatisation of key financial institutions by the Jonathan Administration, saying actions taking by the Administration from the day of the announcement of Buhari’s victory would be revisited.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lai Mohammed, the party said apart from the instances of such cases that have been reported by the media, it has been inundated with calls and messages by concerned Nigerians on such actions by some officials.
“It said while the Jonathan Administration remains in office till midnight of May 28th and governance in the country will not stop because a new president had been elected, it is incumbent upon the outgoing administration not to create any more problems for the incoming government than it had already done, or to tie the new government’s hands through some suspect actions.
While it is true that the incoming Buhari administration will not get itself bogged down by an endless probe of the activities of the Jonathan administration, all actions taken since the result of the May 28th presidential election was announced may come under the searchlight.
”For example, the National Council on Privatisation, which is headed by the Vice President, has just approved the financial bid opening for transaction advisers for the privatisation of the three Development Finance Institutions in the country – the Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry and Nigeria Commodity Exchange. The question is: What is the rationale for rushing this exercise with just weeks left for this administration?
The party said there were also reports which have not been refuted by the Federal Government of a planned hurried recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service, after the previous attempt which ended in a national tragedy and the fleecing of innocent job seekers by mindless federal government officials as such the last-minute recruitment is suspect and irregular.
”The Civil Defense, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPSB) is only empowered to recruit, promote and discipline only senior officers (levels 8 and above). The power to recruit, promote and discipline junior officers is vested in the different services, in this case the Nigeria Immigration Service.
APC said the recruitment exercise being conducted by the Federal Civil Service under the auspices of the Presidential Committee to Assist on Immigration Recruitment usurps the functions of the Board as it relates to recruitment of Senior Officers (level 08) and that of the Immigration Service as it relates to Junior Officers (levels 07 and below).
It also called attention to a published report that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Bala Mohammed plans to use the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to carry out a secret employment of no fewer than 500 workers before the end of April 2015.
The party noted that although it did not know if the reports were all true, “but But if indeed these rushed privatisation and hurried recruitment exercises are true, they raise serious questions concerning the reasons behind such actions.”
“We are therefore compelled to call on President Jonathan to call his administration officials to order, lest they engage in actions that can later embarrass his administration.
”This is against the backdrop of the precarious situation into which the Jonathan administration has plunged the nation’s economy, no thanks to years of ceaseless and unprecedented profligacy by the outgoing Administration, as well as mind-boggling acts of corruption and looting of the public treasury by some Administration officials and their collaborators,” APC said