By Abdulwaheed Usamah,
While controversy that melted with President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of over 1,400 chairmen and members of government parastatals and agencies and that of ghost names discovered, was almost subsiding, the appointees have silently continued grumbling over the endless wait for inauguration into office, three weeks after the presidency made the announcement.
Their un-publicised dissatisfaction on how their inauguration has been handled, despite the presidency’s mandate that their resumption into office should be with immediate effect, may have been kept away from the ears of authority due to ways at which the president has been handling issues lately.
What may have led to the delay, three weeks after the list of appointees was released, sources at the presidency who confided in The Guild, said that there could be foul play within the cabal at the state house who may be manipulating process, and trying so slow down the system in order to favor special appointees.
They said that even though the Secretary to Government of the Federation, in charge of the list and other processes, were reviewing the appointment and other raised errors that led to recent controversy and criticism of the government, they were unclear over what could be causing the delay.
The sources revealed that none of the appointees have officially been written as confirmation of their appointments and time of inauguration, and that in-activeness of the office in charge of the appointment have given those on the list unnecessary concerns.
It would be recalled Buhari approved the constitution of the governing boards of agencies and Parastatals, under ministries, as well as the appointment of eminently qualified Nigerians to fill the board positions, numbering 209 Chairmen and 1258 members recently
The president, through a statement, considered the approval for the constitution of the boards as well as the appointments, very necessary, so as to provide a proper governance and oversight structure for government agencies and parastatals.
According to him, the constitution of the boards with the appointments, is a demonstration of the present government’s efforts aimed at building strong institutions of governance, and by extension, improving the quality of policy formulation and supervision.
“While these appointments represent a substantial number of hitherto pending board appointments, more appointments are still being processed and will be released in due course.
“The appointments take immediate effect and honorable ministers are advised to inaugurate the boards after letters of appointment have been issued,” he declared.
But a development contrary to the president’s order was what the appointees who spoke to The Guild alleged they have been even though they, in totality, refused to bare their minds.
Reaching out to few names, among those on the list who spoke out over their dissatisfaction about the delay in their inauguration weeks after their names were announced as chairmen and board members of various agencies and parastatals, The Guild gathered reactions on human factors alleged as what could be the cause of the delay in letting the appointees into office.
One of the appointees who spoke to The Guild under anonymity due to sensitivity of the issue, said that there was need for the president to address those working in his office on their approach towards the country’s matter.
He claimed that there was politics ongoing among the people and offices in charge of carrying out several functions particularly that of their appointment and inauguration which ought to have been held days after the announcements.
To him, those who are occupying top positions in the government have hijacked the system and that they have been feeding names of those considered as special appointees, especially in the petroleum ministry, revenue mobilisation and allocation committee.
He stated that there were confusing directives between the president, SGF, and especially the permanent secretary as were various parastatals that have never been constituted which had been being claimed to have been inaugurated.
“I understand that there is a lot of politics going on there; how can the president make pronouncement and its not followed.
“By now were are supposed to have inaugurated into the various offices and I learned that some parastals had dead people’s names.
“I am of opinion that, those parastatals who do not have issues should be inaugurated but I don’t know what is happening now and we cannot cry out on our own and a lot of us are silently condemning the delay, but cannot publicly attack government on the issue”, he said.
Another appointee stated that the office of the SGF was yet to write him and other appointees to confirm their appointment and that it means any thing could happen since there was no evidence to prove they were beneficiaries on the lists.
When asked on what could be the cause of the delay from assuming office, he said there is need to address Nigerians on its reason after declaring publicly that the appointment was with immediate effect.
“I have been redundant since the list of appointment came out and there have not been a form of communication from the side of the government so as to clear the air on what could be the cause of delay.
“My findings from sources within the government discovered that the review of the list was on going, but then the office in charge should not be silent and keep the appointments on suspense”.
But to another appointee, the government would contact the appointees once it is done with processes and finished with the needful, that there was no need for him to investigate whatever maybe happening at the presidency on the appointment.
“We all know that some ghost names were discovered on the list after it was released and that there was need for the government to address the lacuna”, he explained.