Why I have not constituted boards of parastatals – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday gave reasons why the boards of several parastatals have not been constituted.

The non-constitution of the boards of parastatals of various agencies has affected the smooth operations of such agencies.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the President of the Nigeria Medical Association, Mike Ogirima, blamed the rampant case of quack doctors across the country on the non-constitution of the board of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

On Tuesday, while addressing the National Executive Council meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Abuja, Mr. Buhari spoke on the non-constitution of the boards.

“Last year I said we would re-constitute the Boards of Parastatals. I must regret the fact that we have not done so, for many reasons,” he said.

“Some of us in this meeting may know I had given instructions since October 2015 for this exercise to start. But there have been inordinate delays through several Committees in an attempt to get the balance right and to make sure all parts of the country are equitably represented.”

Apart from the delays caused by getting the “balance right” mentioned by the president, he also gave an indication that the economic recession in Nigeria influenced his decision not to constitute the boards; saying the economy now being out of recession meant “we will have the resources to cater for the appointees.”

“On the other hand I am keenly aware that our supporters are very eager for these appointments to be announced,” the president said.

“By the Grace of God these appointments will be announced soon. Especially now that the economy is improving, we will have the resources to cater for the appointees.”

At the APC NEC meeting at the party’s headquarters in Abuja, the president also spoke on the “achievements” of his government.

“We can be proud of our achievements in the last two years, Boko Haram, Niger Delta, Regular Fuel, Improved Power, TSA, Agriculture and Fertilizer, above all, the knowledge that corruption will not be tolerated in this Government. We all know there is CHANGE,” he said.

“Nigeria’s prestige has gone up, Nigeria is now credit –worthy, a clear testimony of which was the over-subscription of the Euro-Bond by 4 times.

“Nevertheless, we are not resting on our achievements. I am quite aware of the challenges before us,” Mr. Buhari said.


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  • Passionate about Nigeria



    Can you believe this guy? What a chutzpah! He couldn’t be in that deep a bubble.


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  • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

    In fairness to the President, I suspect this was a deliberate tactical delay to save some money for the State. Board appointments are a known wastage in Nigeria, most of the clowns on boards barely have a clue what it takes. So the charlatan blaming the non constitution of boards for the ugly state of disrepair in the health sector is only just muddling facts.

    The President is reluctantly constituting boards and expanding the cabinet because elections are here.


      Except he used the same lame excuse when he used over 5 months to name a cabinet, only to end up picking what we have today. You tell me if he is a genius or not by wasting time?

      • Powerlessconscious

        It worth delay if there is no money to pay the noise makers.
        Why should you pity for ministers who earns X 1000 of what you earn? You guys are so pathetic.

    • emmanuel

      Destroying institutions in the name of prudence only lead, to destroying the social fabric of a society. The only option for any modern leader is to strengthen weak institutional structures.
      Buhari has inflicted more pains on Nigeria than at anytime in history. Imagine Fashola ran three Ministry to save cost, unfortunately, what Nigeria has lost through that error is monumental and cannot be matched with the savings

      • Okechukwu Mordi

        God Bless your Father for giving you quality education and also bless you for the refined comment. I wish that ‘Powerlessconscious’ had the same opportunity of acquiring a good education.

    • Powerlessconscious

      It is worth delay if there is no money to pay the noise makers. Nigerians govt pays too much money to appointees and politicians. This is why the innocent citizens are suffering. But you guys refused to understand this.

  • thusspokez

    “Some of us in this meeting may know I had given instructions since October 2015 for this exercise to start. But there have been inordinate delays through several Committees in an attempt to get the balance right and to make sure all parts of the country are equitably represented.”

    The overriding concern of the traitors who wrote the Nigerian constitution was diving the ‘chop’. The effective and efficient running of Nigerian institutions was of little concern to them.

    But Buhari can’t use this as an excuse. This was after all the President who took six months to appoint his first set of ministers.

    • Powerlessconscious

      What about recession and no money to pay them? Can you pay people with stone? Maybe na only headline your read.

  • Olusola

    If person take 3yrs take rehearse madness, na when e go enter market?

  • emmanuel

    The issues. Nigeria is not credit worthy, one of the reason why the cost of those Bonds is 200% higher than what it should be.
    Power distribution is in an all time low and shamelessly more epileptic than they met it.
    TSA is currently a pot with holes underneath it, with the cabal feasting on it and Accountant General overtly or covertly has sated he cannot reconcile it
    A country that moved away from semi-Industrialisation to quasi-Peasant farming is cursed. That we now produce Tubers of Yam and Toothpick became a significant developmental milestones is a big shame
    The scam called an end of petroleum subsidy, which was only an increment and thereafter they surreptitiously began to pay subsidy again is a big fraud.
    The most Dangerous catastrophe today is that the need of both the lower and Middle class is survival and well being, which is in indicator of an impoverished country. Unfortunately, They still delude themselves of having come out of recession.
    In Nigeria today over ninety percent of those who were in the middle class bracket now beg for N5,000.00 to fuel their cars and buy recharge card. It is a disaster.
    Meanwhile, those who enter into contract with MDAS without relevant boards, should know that their contracts are subject to revocation in court, especially where the requirements are not met.
    Hear the lame excuses. May be rodents drive them from committee venues too, hence they could not make recommendation. He did say he wanted National balance and was not ashamed of it. When the list comes out, we will see the foolani balance

    • Powerlessconscious

      Is that all you want to say. Well sorry, your sermon is for your likes. Power has improved very well.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    Try paying workers on time and providing electricity that consumers are paying for, but not receiving.

  • Powerlessconscious

    Thank you baba. God will continue to strengthen you. Amen.