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FG says it will ensure new executive orders are enforced

by Elizabeth Archibong

May 23, 2017 | 6:17 pm
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The federal government says  already existing civil service laws will be invoked to ensure that the Executive Orders signed by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo last Friday is followed to the later.
 
The government also intends to work on  changing the orientation of Nigerians, Presidential Media Aide Laolu Akande said during a midterm press briefing to commemorate the second anniversary of the Buhari led government.
 
Briefing alongside Presidential Spokesman Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, he noted that since the orders will be driven mostly by officials of the Ministries Departments and Agencies of the government, the existing laws will invoked with sanctions if anyone tried to go against the orders.
 
Already, Acting President Osinbajo will on Wednesday meet with about 2000 public and civil servants to interact and ensure they understand the role they play in the implementation of the orders.
 
“There are rules in the civil service and these rules will be invoked if anyone tries to go against the orders.”
 
“The Acting President is meeting with 2000 public and civil servants who will be in charge of the implementation. To ensure that the orders
work, we want to change the orientation of Nigerians” Akande said adding that Nigerians need to understand that it is the duty of
everyone to ensure the improvement of the Nigerian business environment.
 
The newly signed executive orders calls for transparency in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government
of Nigeria. It also deals with government agencies budgeting and expenditure procedures,  a new visa regime that
reviews entry experience of visitors and travellers as well as ports operations that under the order will now run for 24 hours.
 
Meanwhile, more than one month after the sack of the Director General of the National Pension’s Commission (PenCom), Chinelo Anohu-Amazu and appointing a replacement, Dikko Aliyu Abdulrahman and the subsequent rejection by the Senate, the government is yet to pick a replacement.
 
Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina told newsmen at the briefing that the matter is still being looked into, describing it as a developing
story.
 
 “It is a developing story and it being looked at. No name has been transmitted to the senate for now and that tells you the matter is till being looked at”.
 
On the 13th of April, President Muhammadu Buhari fired heads of 22 parastatals, including Pencom, and announced Abdulrahman as the new director-general of Pencom, subject to Senate’s confirmation.
 
The President also appointed Funso Doherty as chairman of Pencom Board as well as Akin Akinwale, Abubakar Zaki Magawata, Ben Oviosun and Nyerere Ayim as executive commissioners.
 
The appointment of the new PenCOm DG is a breach of the provisions of the Pension Reform Act, 2014 that provides that the nominee for the position of the chairman or director-general of Pencom cannot be a shareholder or staff of any Pension Fund Administrator (PFA), within three years before or after his or her appointment.
 
Section 21 (2) of the Act also states that In the event of a vacancy (for the chairman, DG or other members of board), the President shall
appoint a replacement from the geo-political zone of the immediate past member that vacated office to complete the remaining tenure.
 
According to the Pensions Act, the Commission’s DG is entitled to five years tenure of office, subject to renewal for another term in office. The sacked DG was appointed in 2014 even though she was in charge of the agency in acting capacity from December 2012.
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