Chairman and board members of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, have refused to vacate office in defiance of President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive dissolving the boards of all federal agencies, institutions and government owned companies.
Findings by this paper indicates that the erstwhile Chairman of the board, Chief Richard Egbule, and two members; Amb. Madaki Bage and Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim are still occupying their posts in spite of the presidential directive dissolving all boards effective July 16, 2015.
It is alleged that instead of vacating their seats as directed by the President, they are lobbying high-ranking government officials to get an exemption and remain in office, an action that negates the change mantra of the current administration.
Also, Chief Egbule has refused to hand over the affairs of the commission to the permanent secretary of the supervising ministry or government office as directed by a circular issued by Mohammed Bukar dated July 23.
In the said circular, Bukar, who is the permanent secretary (general services office) in the office of the Head of Service said, “I am to particularly draw your attention to paragraph 3 of the circular which directed that until such a time new boards are constituted, the chief executive officers of the parastatals and agencies are to refer matters requiring the attention of their boards to the permanent secretaries of their respective supervising ministries or offices for action.
“Accordingly, you are to refer all matters requiring the attention of the governing board of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission to the permanent secretary (general services office) for consideration.”
The circular was sent to Chief Egbule as chairman of the commission and was attached to the main circular issued by the Head of Service in the wake of the dissolution of all boards by the president.
A source within the commission on condition of anonymity said, “The status of the chairman and other members of the board of the commission in circular dissolving the boards is very clear, since they are all political appointees of the last administration.”


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