by Olajide Omojolomoju

All Progressives Congress, APC, has decried the reported alleged last-minute looting of the nation’s resources, hurried recruitment into the public service and rushed privatisation of key financial institutions by the Goodluck Jonathan administration, warning that such actions will have serious consequences.

In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC said apart from the instances of such cases that have been reported by the media, it has been inundated with calls and messages by concerned Nigerians, alerting it to the unscrupulous actions of some present administration officials.

Saying that while the Jonathan administration remains in office till midnight of May 28 and governance in the country will not stop because a new president has been elected, APC added that it is incumbent upon the outgoing administration not to create more problems for the incoming government than it had already done, or to tie the new government’s hands through some suspicious actions.

Mohammed said that while the incoming Muhammadu Buhari administration will not get itself bogged down by endless probe of the activities of the Jonathan administration, all actions taken since the result of the March 28 presidential election was announced may come under the searchlight.

He said: “For example, the National Council on Privatisation, NCP, which is headed by the Vice President, has just approved the financial bid opening for transaction advisers for the privatisation of the Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry and Nigeria Commodity Exchange. The question is: What is the rationale for rushing this exercise with just weeks left for this administration?

“Also, there have been reports, yet unrefuted, of a planned hurried recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service, after a previous attempt ended in a national tragedy and the fleecing of innocent job seekers by mindless Federal Government officials. Apart from the fact that this last-minute recruitment is suspect, it is irregular.

“The Civil Defense, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board, CDFIPSB, is only empowered to recruit, promote and discipline only senior officers (levels 8 and above). The power to recruit, promote and discipline junior officers is vested in the different services, in this case the Nigeria Immigration Service.

“Therefore, the recruitment exercise now being conducted by the Federal Civil Service under the auspices of the Presidential Committee to Assist on Immigration Recruitment, usurps the functions of the board as it relates to recruitment of senior officers (level 08) and that of the Immigration Service as it relates to junior officers (levels 07 and below).”

APC also called attention to a published report that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed, plans to use the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, to carry out a secret employment of no fewer than 500 workers before the end of April.

Mohammed said: “We do not know if these reports, as well as others, are true. But if indeed these rushed privatisations and hurried recruitment exercises – in the twilight of the Jonathan administration are true, they raise serious questions concerning the reasons behind such actions. We are therefore compelled to call on President Jonathan to call his administration officials to order, lest they engage in actions that can later embarrass his administration

“This is against the backdrop of the precarious situation into which the Jonathan administration has plunged the nation’s economy, no thanks to years of ceaseless and unprecedented profligacy by the outgoing administration, as well as mind-boggling acts of corruption and looting of the public treasury by some administration officials and their collaborators.”

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