By Taye Obateru
Jos—Protests are trailing the appointment of a new executive director for the National Veterinary Research Institute, NVRI, Vom Plateau State over the alleged refusal of the Minister of Agriculture to follow due process.
It is being alleged that contrary to Section 2(2.1.3) (e) of the Conditions of Service for Federal Research Institutes, Colleges of Agriculture and Allied Institutions, the position was neither advertised nor interviews conducted before the appointment of Dr. M..S.Ahmed as the new executive director.
Some staff in the institute and two former members of the House of Representatives from Plateau State are said to have petitioned the Presidency over the development, accusing the Agriculture Minister, Prof. Sheikh Abdullah of misleading President Goodluck Jonathan into approving the appointment.
In their petition dated September 22, this year, the former legislators, Labar Wuyep and John Longhor alleged that the minister forwarded three names to Mr. President as stipulated by the guideline without advertisement or interview.
They accused the minister of refusing to follow due process to enable him install his anointed candidate a situation they said was contrary to the avowed policy of the present administration to uphold due process and the rule of law.
“Some six weeks to the end of Dr. Lami Lombin’s (immediate past executive director)tenure, she wrote the Minister of Agriculture seeking for three months extension to enable her complete an on-going international negotiations for Nigeria . She, in that letter, drew the attention of the minister to the need to initiate the process of recruitment/appointment of her successor (advertisement of the position, selecting, interview, recommendations to the President) as provided for in the approved conditions and guidelines for filling the position.