Era of Godfatherism in FG appointment is over - Lai Mohammed

Era of Godfatherism in FG appointment is over - Lai Mohammed

- The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, says appointments to positions in the federal government is strictly by merit

- Mohammed states that there is need for improved funding for the Ministry of Information and Culture and its parastatal agencies

- The minister says there is need to for upward review of the retirement age of journalists working in the Ministry of Information

The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that as far as federal government appointments to public offices and key positions are concerned, the era of “godfatherism’’ is over.

The minister stated this in Abuja on Sunday, September 24, at a thanksgiving reception by the newly appointed permanent secretary in the ministry of information and culture, Ms Grace Gekpe.

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Mohammed, who was represented by Mr Bayo Onanuga, the managing director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), stated that appointment to positions in the Federal Government “is strictly by merit’’.

“Gone are those days when people were appointed into positions by other factors apart from merit.

“Most of us must have heard that the new permanent secretaries were asked to write examination; Gekpe was one of the very few that scaled through the examination.

"Gekpe is a shining and beautiful woman. That could have earned her the appointment, but not under this regime of Change.

“She is a permanent secretary by virtue of hard work, merit and because she has a lot of things to offer,’’ he said.

According to NAN, the minister said that the ministry was proud of Gekpe, satisfied with her appointment and wished her all the best.

Mohammed underscored the need for improved funding for the ministry of information and culture and its parastatal agencies.

“The Ministry of Information and Culture has a very big responsibility and there is the need for sufficient funding for it and its agencies.

“The government is doing a lot of things, but it is being misrepresented by naysayers.

“This is the time that the government needed to raise an army of competent information managers to counter the false and negative narratives about the administration,’’ he said.

He also underscored the need for upward review of the retirement age of journalists working in the Ministry of Information.

They are like judges and university professors; like old wine, they get better with age,’’ he added.

The head of civil service of the federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, said the position of permanent secretary “is the highest level any civil servant can dream to reach in the public service’’.

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She enjoined Gekpe to present her life and tenure to God for wisdom and guidance and as well show understanding and loyalty to her minister and the administration.

Oyo-Ita said: “She is called to serve the nation and in doing this, she should face her duties with dignity, integrity and understanding that this is a government of change, it cannot be business as usual.

“She has to be an epitome of incorruptibility, she should be efficient, productive, and be a citizen centred- permanent secretary’’.

In a brief remark, Gekpe said her appointment was a call to serve the country.

She pledged to discharge her responsibilities with the fear of God and in support of the government’s programmes.

“I will put in my best to assist my immediate boss, the minister, and the government at large to achieve the agenda set for the country,’’ she said.

The thanksgiving service was held at the Living Faith Church, Jahi District, before the reception.

The event was attended by heads of parastatals and agencies in the ministry of information and culture and representatives of the government of Cross River.

Meanwhile, the deputy director of the Radio Biafra, Uche Mefor, has released the historical details of the organisation, an arm of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The explanation comes as the federal government wants the radio station located in London shut for heating up the Nigerian polity and threatening its unity.

Mefor said the organisation first came into existence in the 1960s in the heat of the civil war as the Broadcasting Corporation of Biafra.

The deputy director further explained that Uwazurike, the former leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Ralph Uwazurike, who later established the Biafran Independence Movement (BIM), is not the owner of the radio station as was being claimed by some people.

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Source: Naij.com

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