Presidency says boards lack powers to remove Federal Agencies’ heads

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The presidency has clarified that the boards of federal agencies lack the powers to remove the Chief Executive Officers of the Agencies appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The clarification was made amidst the controversy generated by the executive officer of the national health insurance scheme, who ignored his suspension by the agency’s governing council.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, made the clarification in Abuja, at an induction programme for members of the governing boards of federal parastatals, universities and medical centres.

He, however, explained that the governing councils and boards could articulate infractions and investigate wrong-doings by the executive officers of the agencies they are supervising and make recommendations to the presidency through the supervising minister.

The presidency, according to him, is worried that most of the boards and governing councils do not understand their roles under the corporate governance in the agencies that they are supervising.

According to the secretary to the federal government, some of the governing council are interfering in the day-to-day activities of the agencies and blatantly violating the regulations guiding their operations.

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