Buhari Dissolves Board Of Parastatals, Agencies

President Mumammadu Buhari
By Nuel Suji, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday dissolved the Governing Boards of Federal Parastatals, Agencies and Institutions with effect immediate effect.
A statement by special adviser to the President on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, announced the dissolution, directing that all matters be, henceforth, referred to the Permanent Secretaries of supervising ministries concerned.

“Until the boards are reconstituted, chief executive officers of the affected parastatals, agencies and institutions are to refer all matters requiring the attention of their boards to the President, through the Permanent Secretaries of their supervising ministries,” the statement said.

Adding that,  “while the dissolution does not affect Federal Executive Bodies listed in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it covers administrative or technical committees and other similar organs established by the now dissolved boards.”
Scores of appointees of former President Goodluck Jonathan had been fired by President Muhammud Buhari within one week.

The latest dissolution affects a former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel,  the Chairman, Governing Council of Federal University in Kashere, Gombe State; a former Deputy Governor of Osun State and ex-Minister of State for Defence, Chief Olusola Obada, heads the Governing Council of the Federal University in Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State.

A former Chief of Army Staff during the regime of the late dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, Lt. Gen. Ishaya Bamaiya (retd.), was also appointed Chairman, Governing Council of the Federal Polytechnic of Oil and Gas in Bonny, Rivers State.

‎Buhari kicked the ball rolling on Monday by recalling 93 ambassadors after three years of service abroad.

Prominent among the ambassadors were  a former Foreign Affairs Minister , Chief Ojo Maduekwe (Canada); Chairman  of the  Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation in the 2011 election, Dr. Dalhatu Tafida (UK);Professor  Ade Adefuye (USA);widow of the late Ikemba Nnewi, Chief Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Bianca (Spain);and former deputy governor of Oyo State, Mr. Taofeek Arapaja (Jordan).

The rest include a former aviation  minister, Mrs. Fidelia Njeze (Switzerland);ex-General Manager, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Ibadan, Mr. Yemi Farounbi (Philippines); a one-time governorship aspirant in Lagos State, Mr. Olatokunbo  Kamson (Jamaica); a PDP front liner in Ondo State, Mr. Cornelius  Oluwateru (UAE); Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Bunu (Saudi Arabia); a former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General in  Benue State, Mr. Chive Kaave (Argentina); a former  financial secretary of the PDP, Alhaji Tukur Mani (Iran);and  former permanent secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA Biodun Nathaniel Olorunfemi (Namibia).

Also on the list are: Chief Asam Asam (SAN), (Russia); Mr. Okwudili Nwosu (Burundi); Mr. Okeke Chukwuemeka (Vatican); Mr. Eric Aworahbi (Italy); Dauda Danladi (Pakistan); and Mrs. Katherine Okon (Czeck Republic); Mr. Nwofe Alexander,; Princess Victoria Bosede Onipede (Republic of Congo); Senator Haruna Garba (Kuwait); Mrs. Nonye Rajis-Okpara (Singapore); Chief Eddy Onuoha (Hungary); Mr. Adamu Babangida Ibrahim (Syria); Dr. Sam Jimba (Poland)

They were among the 93 sacked ambassadors.

Earlier this week, the President also relived Service Chiefs  of their duties include Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah (Chief of Army Staff), Air Vice Marshal Adesola Amosu (Chief of Air Staff), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (Chief of Defence Staff), and Admiral Usman Jibrin.