Rights Group Urges Buhari to Caution Shittu, Reinstate Jack

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THE Centre for Leadership Network Initiative, a civil rights organisation, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to caution Adebayo Shittu, minister of communications Technology, and reverse the sack of Peter Jack, director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency.

Usman Abdulazeez, national publicity secretary of CLNI, described the sack as illegal, adding that the minister’s action was a complete departure from the promise made to Nigerians by the President.

“We are disappointed with the actions of the minister thus far are a totally against the spirit of the Nigeria constitution and the public service rule. Firstly, we condemn not only the suspension of Peter Jack but also the insistence of the minister that the director of Corporate Planning and Strategy, Mr. Vincent Olatunji, should take over as against the most senior director, Yinka Adejumo, to whom power had earlier been handed over by Jack,” said Abdulazeez

According to him, the immediate ‘de secondment’ without due process of the director, Human Resource and Administration and the Principal Officer, Multi-Stakeholders Partnership Office, amongst others, without recourse to the public service rule were “a complete act of impunity and further portray the minister as playing a script that is not in the interest of Nigeria as a nation.”

Abdulazeez said the duty of the minister was to recommend to the President for appointment in whatever capacity when necessary.

He said: “Peter Jack is being victimised for recruitment of over 250 persons to beef up the manpower requirement of NITDA that is currently less than 80 persons and also for his role in supporting the former President Goodluck Jonathan.

“If this is allowed to continue it may degrade the good intentions of President Muhammadu Buhari’s change agenda since the action of the minister is an abuse of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We therefore urge the president to call caution the minister,” the group said.

— Feb 3, 2016 @ 16:30 GMT

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