The Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) has hailed the minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, for the appointment of Prof Alex Casmir Uwadiegwu, as Acting director general and chief executive officer of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) describing the appointment as one that is long overdue.
The statement made available to pressmen in Abuja and signed by the president of CSGGG, Comrade Ogakwu Dominic, commended the minister for his display of forthrightness and insight in appointing Prof Akpa who has been denied of this opportunity to bring on board his wealth of experience to better the lot of the biotechnology agency.
The group said, “Prof Akpa before his appointment was a Research director and head of the Medical Biotechnology Department in NABDA, a Professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Biotechnology, a Fellow of the World Health Organization (WHO), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (FRSTMH) and a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria (FCAN) and has won several international grants for the development of Medical Biotechnology in Nigeria and has fifty seven publications including reports and scientific papers in both local and international journals to his credit.”
The group condemned the politics of leadership that has back track the fortunes of the agency explaining that it was needless and unprofitable in an agency that is critical to the development of the nation in scientific research and advancement.
“It is pitiable that we now play politics with everything including what has direct bearing on human lives. As an organisation that is commitment to safeguarding Nigeria from bad governance, we are very much concern about leadership in every critical sector of our nation’s economy of which NABDA is one. There is a law in our civil service that the most senior civil servant should take over pending when a substantive head would be appointment to avoid vacuum. Naturally, Prof Akpa as the most senior director should have assumed as acting director general of NABDA but this was not the case as some people who feel that government is their sole prerogative came up with allegations that were unfounded until now that their true intentions have been unveiled.
“What is more disturbing is that this kind of attitude does not only destroy the individuals but the institutions and government resources have been frittered away in the process in this era when Mr President is resolute on improving the welfare of Nigerians. If a professor with impeccable academic qualifications through scholarships by the federal government, UNDP, World Bank and WHO can be ridiculed at the expense of the good he possess, what hope do we have as a people.”