From Dennis Mernyi, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday fully commenced the purge of heads of Federal Government parastatals appointed by his predecessor, President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Augean stable cleansing which is coming about eight months after being sworn in as president on May 29, 2015, saw heads of petroleum industry parastatals being shown the exit door. Those sacked in the latest onslaught include the Executive Secretary of Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency ( PPPRA), Mr. Farouk Ahmed who was appointed by the former President Goodluck Jonathan on February 20, 2014 as well as that of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB). Others are Managing Directors of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
Also sacked were the Director General of Petroleum Equalisation Fund, his counterparts at Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Bureau of Public Procurements (BPP), Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Nigeria Investment Promotion Council (NIPC), Bank of Industry (BoI), National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), National Orientation Agency (NOA), Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Nigerian Export-Import Bank, and the DG National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic In Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP).
Earlier on Monday, the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had announced the sack of six information related parastatals under his ministry.
Those affected include the DGs of Nigerian Television Authority, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Voice of Nigeria, News Agency of Nigeria, and that of the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission.
Meanwhile, intense lobbying for their replacement, has commenced in Abuja and across the country.