Suc­ces­sion cri­sis hits Fis­cal Re­spon­si­bil­ity Com­mis­sion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Hamisu Muham­mad

Suc­ces­sion cri­sis has hit the Fis­cal Re­spon­si­bil­ity Com­mis­sion (FRC) fol­low­ing the ex­pi­ra­tion of ten­ure of its pioneer board in De­cem­ber 2013, Daily Trust learnt.

The com­mis­sion’s for­mer chair­man and five com­mis­sion­ers who com­pleted their five-year term on De­cem­ber 5 have since left. But they left be­hind con­tro­versy over who should take charge of the com­mis­sion.

The post of act­ing chair­man is now be­ing con­tested be­tween a com­mis­sioner, who re­mained be­hind be­cause he had an additional year to end his ten­ure, and the sec­re­tary of the com­mis­sion.

The Sec­re­tary to the Govern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion, Se­na­tor Anyim Pius Anyim, ap­pointed the sec­re­tary, Mr. Vic­tor Mu­ru­ako, as act­ing chair­man, but the ap­point­ment is be­ing chal­lenged by Dr. Adewumi Abitoye, the com­mis­sioner rep­re­sent­ing South West. Abitoye told Daily Trust that since he was still a serv­ing com­mis­sioner by law, he should be the nat­u­ral suc­ces­sor to take charge as act­ing chair­man. His ten­ure as com­mis­sioner ends March 2015.

“Be­fore the pioneer board left, we all met and re­solved that all the af­fairs of the com­mis­sion should be handed over to me as the only full com­mis­sioner left un­til Mr. Pres­i­dent will ap­point new com­mis­sion­ers and new chair­man.

“Since then, I am still wait­ing for the SGF to de­fine my role in the com­mis­sion, be­cause tech­ni­cally and legally I am the most se­nior pub­lic of­fi­cer in that com­mis­sion. So it sur­prises ev­ery­body that they have to push me aside and in­stall his man there, and that is the story,” he said.

Abitoye said he as­sumed duty as a com­mis­sioner a year and some months af­ter the other com­mis­sion­ers who re­tired and there­fore he still re­mains a com­mis­sioner.

He said the SGF was wrong to have ap­pointed a ju­nior of­fi­cer to su­per­vise the com­mis­sion while his ten­ure was still sub­sist­ing. He said the ar­gu­ment that all the com­mis­sion­ers must go at the same time does not hold wa­ter be­cause each com­mis­sioner is serv­ing his ten­ure in­di­vid­u­ally.

When con­tacted, the act­ing chair­man of the com­mis­sion, Mr. Mu­ru­ako, said he does not want to join is­sues with any­body since he is ap­pointed in act­ing po­si­tion.

“As far as I am con­cerned, there is no any suc­ces­sion cri­sis in the com­mis­sion and I still re­spect Dr. Abitoye as a fa­ther and a com­mis­sioner but one com­mis­sioner can­not make a board,” he said.

He said for now there is no com­mis­sion un­til Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan de­cides to ap­point new set of com­mis­sion­ers.

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