Last-minute appointments at some federal government agencies by the outgoing administration of President Goodluck Jonathan are now creating a stir and generating furore following what insiders describe as acts suggestive of suspicion.
Two of the agencies affected, according to investigations are the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), which is under the Presidency, and the Voice of Nigeria (VON), supervised by the Ministry of Information.
Investigations revealed that prominently cited as “stinking” in the administrations impunity is the National Council on Privatisation (NCP), chaired by Vice-President Namadi Sambo which met recently and confirmed six acting directors as directors and also appointed two new ones in circumstances that are now raising dust following flagrant abuse of geopolitical balancing and equity.
Equally generating discordant tunes and bad blood within the service, it was learnt, is the appointment of Sampson Worlu as director-general of VON as two unions within the organisation have reportedly petitioned President Jonathan over his qualification for that position.
Our investigations further revealed that the confirmation of six BPE directors is a pointer to the fact that starting from May 1, the south-west and south-east would not have any representation in the management cadre— a flagrant violation of the federal character principle in public appointments which a cross section of Nigerians argue had characterised the Jonathan led administration.
They argued that their feelings is premised on Jonathan’s not too good disposition towards the appointment of qualified persons from the South west.
On the VON DG issue, wagging tongues are said to have reached a feverish peak which led the RATTAWU and NUJ to write a protest letter to the President thus ;“We write to extend to his Excellency the highest esteem of out two unions and to register our protest over the recent appointment of the director-general of the Voice of Nigeria. “Sir, the Voice of Nigeria Enabling Decree No 15 of May 19916(3) states that ‘the director-general shall be a person with wide knowledge and experience in broadcasting.’
“We are therefore constrained to notify you that the person who now occupies the position of DG, Sampson Worlu, does not have any experience in media nor does he possess any knowledge or has any experience in broadcasting contrary to VON Enabling Decree.”
The unions described the appointment of Worlu as an aberration and appealed to the President “to redeploy him to any ministry or parastatal where his skills and knowledge can be better appreciated since he will not enjoy the cooperation of NUJ and RATTAWU”.
Speaking to the media on the matter in Abuja, Shu’aibu Usman Leman, national secretary of the NUJ, said the protest of the unions had nothing “personal” to it,and observed that there was a need to stop the practice of appointing media-aliens to head government media organisations