President Bola Tinubu has given the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) the go ahead to dissolve the Management and Boards of federal government agencies and parastatals.
It was gathered that the dissolution will allow President Tinubu, who assumed office on May 29, 2023, make his own appointments.
The shake up will affect all political appointments made by his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari administration.
However, because some of the positions are tenured, it is not certain how far it would be implemented.
The green light to dissolve to board of parastatals has already alerted political lobbyists who are gearing up to be appointed in the event of the dissolution of the boards of the federal parastatals.
“A formal announcement is imminent, It will happen in days, not even a week. It will be made public any moment from now. The highest ranking civil servant will temporarily supervise the various agencies, pending the announcement of a new Management and Board”, one of the sources told THE WILL anonymously.
Some senior civil servants who also spoke to THISDAY on the development, said that it would not be out of place for Tinubu to dissolve the boards of federal parastatals inherited from former President Muhammadu Buhari.
They noted that his predecessor also carried out a similar cleansing exercise in 2015 when he aproved the dissolution of the governing boards of federal parastatals, agencies and institutions.
Under Buhari’s instruction, the chief executive officers of the affected parastatals, agencies and institutions were directed to refer all matters requiring the attention of their boards to the president, through the Permanent Secretaries of their supervising ministries.
Similarly, Buhari had also constituted the boards of the six aviation agencies less than 24 hours to the end of his administration after the agencies operated without boards for close to a decade, despite that their Acts make the constitution of boards mandatory.
The agencies were the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and the recently created Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB).
However, the appointments were not confirmed as the ninth Senate could not ratify them before its dissolution and the subsequent inauguration of a new government on May 29.