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Rep flays Ogbeh over reversal of NIFOR chief’s appointment


Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture Audu Ogbeh

A member of the House of Representatives, Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma yesterday accused Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chief Audu Ogbeh, of complicity in the reversal of the appointment of the Executive Director of the Nigeria Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR), Dr. Napoleon Aisuene.

At a briefing in Abuja, Agbonnayinma (PDP, Edo) said it was regrettable to find that after the appointment of Aisueni, as s the chief executive officer of the agency, as duly conveyed to him by the office of the minister, three months ago, the ministry would come out to declare that the appointment was done in error.

He said the appointment followed the expiration of the tenure of Aisuene as acting executive director, following which he was recalled by the minister through a letter to resume as the boss of the organization.

According to the lawmaker, not minding that the appointment was duly conveyed, the minister was doing all that was possible to nullify Aisuene ‘s elevation. He said there was also attempt by some forces to continue with the impunity that Nigerians have been fighting against, saying the decision to remove Aisueni should not be allowed to stand.

He added: “The minister, Audu Ogbe had directed for the appointment of directors off various institute including Dr. Napoleon Aisuene on July 3 as acting CEO.“The minister later said the appointment was done in error. The appointment and that of 13 others followed due process. The minister is biased by his affinity with one of the people involved.

“I use this forum to call on all well-meaning Nigerians to call on Ogbeh to allow equity and probity stand. It’s an injustice. I want to appeal and plead with the Hon Minister to do the right thing.”

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