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Appoint Competent Ministers – ASCSN

Posted: Jun 5, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint competent persons as Ministers to enable him fulfil his campaign promises to the electorate.

In a statement issued in Lagos, the ASCSN National President, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, and the Secretary-General, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal, stated that the advice become necessary because some names being touted in mainstream and social media as possible candidates for ministerial portfolios in the Buhari administration are persons of questionable character that have been recycled over and over again by previous governments.

“Nigeria has abundant pool of human resource in all fields of endeavours and as such there is no need to continue to appoint persons with antecedents that will offend the sensibility of Nigerians into strategic positions any longer.

“If Mr. President proceeds to appoint certain individuals who spearheaded anti-people policies while serving the previous governments into his cabinet, his pledge to change the pattern of governance including the culture of impunity in the country will be dead on arrival,” the union stated.

According to the ASCSN, if for any reason Mr. President wishes to appoint persons that have served the governments in the past into his cabinet, they must be individuals with impeccable character, proven integrity, and track record of selfless service to the country.

It added that if Buhari opts to appoint deadwoods, including those that tried to sell the 104 Federal Unity Colleges to their mentors and to themselves as Ministers or into any important positions in his government, there would be instant public outcry and resistance that would not augur well for his administration.

“At this critical stage of the country’s development, it will be a tragedy if Mr. President recycles failed experts and expired activists either as Ministers, Advisers or Assistants to serve in his government,” the union stated.

It equally urged the trade union movement, civil society groups, and other individuals in the country to prepare and resist such appointments if made in the interest of democracy and good governance.