Govt Fires Sit-tight FRCN DG After PREMIUM TIMES Report

Samson Shaibu

Information Minister, Labaran Maku, on Monday ordered the acting Director General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Samson Shaibu, to vacate office immediately following a PREMIUM TIMES exclusive report, which revealed that he was sitting tight in office despite attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60.

Mr. Shaibu, who was last February appointed acting DG of the Federal Government-owned broadcasting corporation following the expiration of the tenure of Yusuf Nuhu, clocked 60 on June 22.

The Federal Civil Service rule stipulates that all categories of workers in the public service shall compulsorily retire at 60, or after serving for 35 years, whichever is earlier. The only exemptions are judicial officers and members of the Academic Staff of Universities who are entitled to retire at 70 and 65 years respectively.

The law specifically says that a director shall compulsorily retire upon serving eight years on the post.

In line with the tradition in the civil service prior to retirement, Mr. Shaibu should have commenced his pre-retirement vacation since March this year.

But, PREMIUM TIMES gathered that shortly after assuming office, the acting DG reportedly informed colleagues about a letter he said was issued to him by the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation giving  him the option of either leaving or staying on till further notice.

A source in the Federal Ministry of Information said yesterday’s report  on Mr. Shuaibu terribly embarrassed Mr. Maku, who was accused by ministry and FRCN officials of abetting the acting DG to violate the nation’s laws.

It was gathered that the Minister, who was very angry on seeing the report in PREMIUM TIMES, immediately summoned the DG to his office and gave him the marching orders to hand over immediately to the most senior director in the corporation.

“It appears the minister received directive from the presidency and the office of the secretary to government of the federation asking him to send the DG away immediately,” a ministry insider said.

It was gathered that in the absence of the most senior director in Abuja, Mr. Shaibu was directed to hand over to the Corporation’s secretary (Legal), David Anpahzo, pending the arrival of the Director of Training, FRCN Training School, Lagos, Tony Adione, who is next in line among the most senior directors qualified to take over.

It was gathered that two other directors, who could have taken over, were overlooked over some pending internal issues.

Mr. Maku could not be reached for comments. His Special Assistant (Media), Joseph Mutah, did not respond to calls and text message to his phone seeking comment on why the minister encouraged the FRCN boss to stay on.

Mr. Shaibu had told PREMIUM TIMES he broke no law by overstaying in office. 

“My former career as a civil servant has expired,” he said. “I have retired from service. But, I am serving a political appointment as acting DG of FRCN.”

Meanwhile,  a former DG of the corporation, Eddie Iroh, has faulted Mr. Shaibu’s claim that his action to stay on after his retirement followed a precedence set by his predecessors in office.

Mr. Iroh, who is one of those Mr. Shaibu said were tapped from retirement to head the station, vehemently denied that he was recalled from retirement to take up appointment as DG when he did, describing Mr. Shaibu’s claim as incorrect.

“It is grossly false for him (Shaibu) to say that I was appointed DG of FRCN “from retirement,” Mr. Iroh said. “The only public service position I had held prior to FRCN was as Controller with NTA, from where I resigned in 1982 to join the founding staff of the Guardian newspaper – a fact of public knowledge. At the time I resigned I was still in my forties, had served for only eight years, and therefore a long way from retirement.”




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  • OJ

    Lesson learnt: Bridle your tongue!!!

  • Mani_Kay

    Premium Times are liars!!! The man was never fired. He asked voluntarily to be allowed to go into retirement because he was fed up with the massive destruction of FRCN by uneducated, incompetent, mediocre, and corrupt Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani staff. He just could not take it anymore. All hail his courage.

    • Bala Ahmed

      These parrots singing halleluya verses for the government of the day…I hope they will be around when the curtain finally falls? IBB had far more aggressive and better educated parrots in his hey days. Does anyone remember them today outside a history of shame and discredit? You folks even need to show you have a brain than the 15K you are periodically paid for your dark verses!

    • Guy Bruce

      Mani_kay: the loose cannon,think with his between.

      • Muss

        Gutsun uwaka. You are back with your hatred for Hausa Fulani again. Your name was Ken Mani on this trail before. Burar ubanka

  • DanHaussa

    So Labaran Maku got embarassed because Mr Samson Shuaibu said Hausa Fulani spoil FRCN. Well Mr Samson learn to think before you talk. See what your dirty mouth cause you within 24hrs

    • Bala R

      The idiot thought the minorities have taken over this country. Wawan banza.

  • Ekpo Dan

    PT the Akwa Ibom HOS is doing the same thing o! Please come to Akwa Ibom and investigate and publish same for the wole world to see,Akpabio has refused to let the next person by rank o take over,because of tribalism.

  • K.A

    This is one of the resultant effects of an uncontrolleable tongue. Atimes, some things are better left unspoken. I just hope he learnt a lesson from this.

    • Mani_Kay

      This has nothing to do with an uncontrollable tongue or are you saying that people should not speak the truth as they know it? The man spoke the truth as it is known to all Nigerians. The Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani have ruined everything in Nigeria. May God in His mercy send these Baboons, I mean the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani out of Nigeria as announced by National Hero Major Gideon Gwaza Orkar.

      • Bala R


      • Omo Akin

        It is always sad when people (especially those who have benefitted immensely from the National employment like Shuaibu) use a broad brush to paint any part of the country as ‘undesirables”, “destroyers”, “incompetents” etc. There is no group in Nigeria without its own fair share of bad individuals. Babangida is from the Middle Belt, so also was Godwin Daboh. I would not say more than that. Who can ever imagine that a Ph.D holder from a “minority” group would be running the country and impunity + corruption would be the norm. What about Obasanjo who had a rare opportunity to transform the country for the good but flunked very badly because of selfishness and taking revenge. Nigeria of today is a legacy of Obasanjo’s second coming.
        It means Mr. Shuaibu would never give any person identified as Hausa/Fulani who works under him a chance. He is definitely guilty of what he is accusing the other folks of doing. He miscalculated by believing that he would be recruited into the President’s “army” when he shows that he can attack and take on the “enemies” of the President.