As the controversy trailing the recent appointment of Board members and Chairmen into public institutions, the comedy of errors is yet to end as President Muhammadu Buhari appointed not only dead people and foreigners into organisation, he also named board members for a private company.
No fewer than seven dead people were nominated, while names were duplicated while the President made nominations for positions that are statutorily elective.
President Buhari appointed board members for a company that the federal government had privatised through concession after a crisis spanning eight years.
The federal government had in August 2016 signed a renegotiated concession agreement with Global Steel Holdings Limited for the Nigerian Iron Ore Mining Company (NIOMCO), Itakpe, Kogi State.
By then agreement, according to the government, Ajaokuta Steel Complex has now reverted to the federal government, effectively freeing the entity from all contractual encumbrances that had left it uncompleted and non-functional for decades, while GSHL retains NIOMCO.
President Muhammadu Buhari had given the approval for the execution of the modified concession agreement with Global Steel Holdings Limited after he received the reports of the mediation meetings from the Ministry of Justice.
The minister of solid minerals and steel development, Kayode Fayemi, who signed the concession agreement on behalf of the Federal Government, described the settlement as a landmark development that would help the diversification plans of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
However, on the list released by the office of the secretary to the government of the federation, Aluko Julie Olubukola, C. C. Udenwa, Iro Danfuloti and Mohd Omeiza Lawal were announced as board members of the National Iron Ore Mining Company (NIOMCO), Itakpe, Kogi state.
The government has now managed to appoint board members for a company it has put under concession!
Appointments into the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board by the Federal Government was also announced despite that the positions were elective.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, had urged football stakeholders to remain calm over the blunder in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, saying that efforts were being made to correct “an oversight” made following the recent appointments into the NFF board.