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FG reverses suspension of DG women center, reads riot act to boards of agencies 

The Federal Government has reversed suspension of the Director-General of the National Women Development Centre, 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, said Permanent Secretary (General Services Office), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olusegun Adekunle.

Mr Adekunle said the development was a source of concern, warning that the board was not to interfere with the day to day management of 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.

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“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.”

Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has urged Boards of Federal Government Agencies to adhere strictly to extant regulations and directives of the Federal Government on frequency of sittings and non- interference in the administrative routines and management of the agencies.

He warned that any Managing Director that flouts the directives will bear the costs.


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