The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha on Monday said that governing boards of federal agencies or parastatals have no power to remove Chief Executive Officers appointed by the President.
He said though the boards may articulate infractions, investigate wrongdoing and make recommendations to government through the supervisory ministry.
He spoke during an induction programme for governing board members of federal parastatals, universities and medical centres organised by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, in conjunction with the Department for International Development, a United Kingdom (UK) government department responsible for administering overseas aid.
His clarification came few days after the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Governing Board suspended Prof. Usman Yusuf as the scheme’s Executive Secretary.
Yusuf had rejected the suspension, claiming that only the President can suspend him.
Even though Mustapha did not specifically mention the NHIS issue, Mustapha said the Federal Government was concerned that most governing boards have not understood their roles in the corporate governance of the agencies they superintend.
Noting that the government has noticed some infractions on the side of some boards, he listed the infractions as including what he called the board chairmen’s undue interference in the day-to-day activities of their parastatals and agencies and blatant disregard for extant regulations guiding the conduct of board meetings.
The Nation Newspaper