President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday, January 1, 2018 make a national broadcast to commemorate the New Year. Another person, Senator Francis Okpozo, was appointed as Chairman of the Nigerian Press Council.
Dr. Nabbs Imegwu, a former commissioner in Rivers State who died earlier this year, was appointed to the board of the National Orthopedic Hospitals while Comrade Ahmed Bunza from Kebbi State, an appointee to the Rubber Research Institute in Benin, had passed on in May 2017.
But it was discovered that in the list were some dead persons and this has generated mixed reactions, with some lambasting the Presidency for the error.
"The president also appointed Chief Donald Ugbaja as a Member of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC)".
The President's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
According to him, while these appointments represent a substantial number of hitherto pending board appointments, some more appointments are still being processed and will be released in due course.
"The list was compiled in 2015 immediately after the election", said a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who added that he expected names of more dead people.
"The report was disputed by state governors who said they were not carried along or the list was not representative enough".
He said the list which was released by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) was prepared over two years ago and nobody could stop some of those included on the list from dying between then and now.
"The list has a history which explains the controversy around it".
The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has urged Nigerians to keep alive their hope in the ability of President Muhammadu Buhari's administration to restore the economy and bring it to a remarkable height.
"The President's trips for medical attention slowed down completion of the process and the current SGF was only directed to complete that process by releasing the list which he apparently did without altering it".