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GROUP TO BUHARI: Reconstitute PTF Board, do away with nepotism

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The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to reconstitute the Police Trust Fund, PTF, Board of Trustees, following angry reactions trailing the recently announced composition of the BoT.

The call was made on Friday by the Campaign for Equity, CFE, a group of Nigerians, which expressed regret that “our country, Nigeria, has, over the years, been held down by inequity, injustice and nepotism”.

CFE National Coordinator, Mr. Oliver Akosa, who addressed a press conference in Owerri, the Imo State capital said; “In the appointment under reference, former Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abbah, was announced as Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Fund, while Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto was pronounced the Executive Secretary.

“Other members included Representatives of three ministries , namely, Ministry of Police Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and Ministry of Justice.

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“The Nigeria Police Force, Civil Society Groups and Organised Labour were also represented on the board of the Fund.”

The group however noted with disappointment that “the composition of the Board of Trustees of the Fund is sectional, parochial, lopsided and does not meet the basic requirements of federal character as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended.”

On the composition of the board, Akosa said: “Suleiman Abbah, Chairman of the board, is from Jigawa State in North West. The Executive Secretary, Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto, hails from Sokoto State, in the same North West. It is clearly odd and obscene for a national agency, which is supposed to reflect the country’s geopolitics, have its chairman and secretary coming from one zone of the country.

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