Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) has commended the appointment of Prof. Alex Akpa as Acting Director General of National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), as an astute scientist.
CSGGG in a statement on Monday in Abuja described the appointment of Akpa by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, as one that was long overdue.
Comrade Ogakwu Dominic, the President, CSGGG commended the minister for his display of forthrightness and insight in appointing Akpa, who he said had been denied the opportunity for long.
“Prof. Akpa had been denied the opportunity to bring on board his wealth of experience to better the lot of the biotechnology agency.
“Prof. has been a research director and head of the Medical Biotechnology Department in NABDA and has won several international grants for the development of Medical Biotechnology in Nigeria.
“Amongst other successes he has recorded in NABDA are 57 publications including reports and scientific papers in both local and international journals to his credit giving him better understand on ways to move the agency forward,” Ogakwu said.
Ogakwu raised concern on the politics of leadership that had back tracked the fortunes of the agency.
According to him, such politicking is needless and unprofitable in an agency that is critical to the development of the nation in scientific research and advancement.
He said that it was pitiable that people played politics with everything including what had direct bearing on human lives.
Ogakwu said that as an organisation that was commitment to safeguarding Nigeria from bad governance, CSGGG was very much concerned about leadership in every critical sector of Nigeria’s economy of which NABDA was one.
“It is a law in civil service that the most senior civil servant will take over, pending when a substantive head will be appointment to avoid vacuum,’’ he said.
He noted that Akpa was the most senior director and ought to have assumed as acting director general of NABDA but was denied as some unfounded allegations were brought up against him by persons with malicious intentions.
“What is more disturbing is that such malicious intentions and attitude do not only destroy individuals but the institution.
“Also government resources will have been frittered away in the process in this era, when President Muhammdu Buhari 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 possesses, what hope do we have as a people.
“These are serious moral issues and we commend the honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu for his timely intervention on the matter,” he said.
Ogakwu said that given the retinue of issues that have characterised the ministry, he believed that Akpa having worked in NABDA for close to two decades, would stop at nothing in positioning the agency to deliver on its mandate. (NAN)