*2 other dead persons also given board membership appointments
By Ndubuisi Michaels
A former senator, Francis Okpozo, who died in about year ago, was on Friday named chairman of Nigerian Press Council (NPC) by President Muhammadu Buhari. Okpozo was named alongside 208 others who made it to the list federal board chairmen.
Besides Okpozo, two other dead Nigerians, were also lucky to grab the federal appointments as they re named by the President as members of boards of two parastatals.
One of them is Reverend Christopher Utov, who died in March 2017; but named as member of the board of Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research.
The other is Chief Donald Ugbaja. He died in November 2017, but was named as member of the board of the Consumer Protection Council.
The three appointees, according to the instruments appointing them would be inaugurated by the ministers supervising their respective agencies in no distant future.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, who announced the appointments, said all the appointments take immediate effect.
The ministers under whom the agencies fall, he added, have been asked to constitute the boards immediately.
He also said: ”Mr. President 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.
“The constitution of the boards with the appointments, is a demonstration of this Government’s efforts aimed at building strong institutions of Governance, and by extension, improving the quality of Policy formulation and supervision”, he added.