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SGF Boss Mustapha

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, yesterday told governing boards of federal Parastatals, universities and medical centres that they don’t have the constitutional power to suspend or remove a chief executive appointed by the president.

The SGF stated this at the Induction programme for batches 2,3 and 4 governing board members of federal parastatals, universities and medical centres at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

Mustapha said parastatals are established to provide services and are under the supervision of the presidency or a minister.

He added that “the roles of Governing Boards/Councils as the case maybe are prescribed by the statutes, guidelines and extant circulars”

He further said that the governing boards/councils headed by the chairman are ‘stricto senso’ to provide policy direction and implementation of programmes and projects designed and funded for the achievement of the mandates of their respective Parastatals.

The SGF highlighted the roles and responsibilities of the governing boards as provided by the statutes, guidelines and extant circulars.

According to him, statutory boards/councils shall set operational and administrative policies in accordance with government policy directives and shall supervise the implementations of such polices.

He said a board should not be involved directly in the day to day management of a parastatal or an agency.

The SGF noted that a minister exercises control of parastatals at policy level through the board of the parastatal and that board must operate on part time bases.

Mustapha said that the inaugural edition of the programme held between July 26 and 28 this year recorded a huge success, as it promoted effective and good corporate governance.

He however noted that one or two of the boards that attended the programme failed to understand their roles and responsibilities.

The SGF also stated that the induction programme was particularly important because it came at a time when the nation is poised for a holistic transformation process that is heralding the entrenchment of good and purposeful governance in the country, which is anchored on security, anti-corruption and economic growth.

Earlier in his Address, the Acting Director General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Mr D.I Arabi reiterated the need for organising an induction programme for the governing board members.



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