By Jonathan Ugbal
The Federal Government on Friday reversed the suspension of the Director General, National Women Development Centre, Mrs. Mary Eta describing the act as illegal.
The suspension was carried out by the centre’s Governing Board which was inaugurated recently reports the PUNCH Newspapers.
And, a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary (General Services Office) in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Olusegun Adekunle directed Mrs. Eta to resume her duties immediately.
Mr. Adekunle said there are established guidelines for the daily management of government parastatals as well as the duties of the boards and regretted that due process was not followed to discipline Mrs. Eta.
The statement read, “The Federal Government has noted with concern the development at the National Women Development Centre, especially the purported suspension of the Director-General, Mrs. Mary Ikpere Eta by the Governing Board, which was inaugurated very recently.
“To all intents and purposes, government reiterates the position that Boards of Agencies are to provide general policy guidelines and frameworks, and not to interfere with the day-to-day management of the agencies.
“The Boards and Chief Executive Officers are all appointed by Mr. President, according to stated terms and conditions with clearly established rules and procedures for subjecting Chief Executive Officers to disciplinary measures including suspension from office. In this respect, this process has not been followed.
“Consequently, government directs the reversal of the suspension of Mrs. Mary Ikpere Eta as the Director-General. She is accordingly directed to resume her duties immediately at the National Women Development Centre.
“Government believes in due process, and will not tolerate any arbitrary action taken by any Board of any Federal Government Agency.”
This came three days after Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari forwarded the name of Navy Captain Charles Iyam Ogwa rtd. to the Senate for confirmation as the member representing Cross River State in the National Population Commission.
Ogwa’s name alongside 22 others was contained in President’s Buhari’s letter to the Senate which was read during plenary on April 10, 2018.
The native of Ijom in Ugep community of Yakurr local government area had aspired for the position of the Senator representing the central senator district in the 2015 general elections.
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