- The appointment of Professor Alex Casmir Uwadiegwu by the federal government has been commended
- The commendation was by the Civil Society Groups for Good Governance
- Professor Uwadiegwu was appointed as the acting director general and chief executive officer of the National Biotechnology Development Agency
The Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) has hailed the minister of science and technology for the appointment of Professor Alex Casmir Uwadiegwu as acting director general and chief executive officer of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), describing the appointment as one that is long overdue.
The statement sent to Legit.ng and signed by the president of CSGGG, Comrade Ogakwu Dominic, commended the minister for his display of forthrightness and insight in appointing Professor Akpa who has been denied of this opportunity to bring on board his wealth of experience to better the lot of the biotechnology agency.
The statement said Professor Akpa before his appointment was a research director and head of the medical biotechnology department in NABDA, a professor of pharmace*tical microbiology and biotechnology, a fellow of the World Health Organization (WHO), a fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (FRSTMH) and a fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria (FCAN).
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He is said to have won several international grants for the development of medical biotechnology in Nigeria and has 57 publications including reports and scientific papers in both local and international journals to his credit.
Ogakwu condemned the politics of leadership which he opined has backtracked the fortunes of the agency, stressing that it was needless and unprofitable in an agency that is critical to the development of the nation in scientific research and advancement.
His words: “It is pitiable that we now play politics with everything including what has direct bearing on human lives. As an organization that is commitment to safeguarding Nigeria from bad governance, we are very much concern about leadership in every critical sector of our nation’s economy of which NABDA is one.
“There is a law in our civil service that the most senior civil servant should take over pending when a substantive head would be appointment to avoid vacuum. Naturally, Professor Akpa as the most senior director should have assumed as acting director general of NABDA but this was not the case as some people who feel that government is their sole prerogative came up with allegations that were unfounded until now that their true intentions have been unveiled.
“What is more disturbing is that this kind of attitude does not only destroy the individuals but the institutions and government resources have been frittered away in the process in this era when Mr. President is resolute on improving the welfare of Nigerians. If a professor with impeccable academic qualifications through scholarships by the Federal Government, UNDP, World Bank and WHO can be ridiculed at the expense of the good he possess, what hope do we have as a people.
“These are serious moral issues and we commend the honourable minister for science and technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu for his timely intervention on the matter. Given the retinue of issues that have characterized the ministry, we hope that Professor Akpa having worked in NABDA for close to two decades will stop at nothing in positioning the agency to deliver on its mandate.”
Comrade Ogakwu also commended the chairman of the board of NABDA for his unbiased and fair stance in resolving the leadership imbroglio describing him as a patriotic and honest Nigerian who is committed to the principles of peace and justice.
Meanwhile, the United Nations has appointed Professor Ibrahim Gambari as a member of independent eminent experts on the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.
A statement by Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, where he is the current Chancellor said Gambari’s appointment letter, dated Friday, May 11, was signed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad AI Hussein.
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