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APC warns against last-minute looting by Jonathan administration

Posted: Apr 27, 2015 at 8:44 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Temidayo Akinsuyi,  Lagos

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has decried  the reported allegations of last-minute looting of the nation’s resources, hurried recruitment into the public service and rushed privatization of key  financial institutions by the Jonathan administration, warning that such  actions will have serious repercussions.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said apart from the instances of such cases that have been reported by the local media, it has been inundated with calls and messages by concerned Nigerians, alerting it to the unscrupulous actions of some Jonathan administration 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 has 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 suspicious actions.

APC said 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 Privatization, which is headed by the Vice President, has just approved the financial bid opening for transaction advisers for the privatization 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?

‘’Also, there have been reports, yet unrefuted, of a planned hurried recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service, after a previous attempt ended in a national tragedy and the fleecing of innocent job seekers by mindless federal government officials. Apart from the fact that this last-minute recruitment is suspect, it is 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.