. As police arrest leader of protesters
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Mrs. Saratu Umar, is under intense fire as Civil Society Organisations (CSO), yesterday stormed her office demanding for her immediate resignation.
The CSOs led by the National Democratic Front (NDF), said there decision to picket the headquarters of the Investment Promotion Commission was bourne out the realisation that the appointment of Mrs. Umar was a misfit as lacked qualification for the position.
In a protest letter written to the president and read by the leader of the coalition, Comrade Philip Agbese, they claimed the president was ill-advised to appoint Mrs. Umar in such capacity after she had previously been sacked from Nigerian Export and Import Bank for under performance.
According to them since Mrs. Umar had not met the required conduct and demands for such an office even as Assistant General Manager of NEXIM, it was rather inappropriate to appoint her to a even more tasking position.
“Mrs. Saratu Umar was compulsorily asked to retire from the service of NEXIM on the infamous grounds of low performance, incompetence and lack of regard for constituted authority. These qualities which she has been formally proven to be lacking in previous position of responsibility at NEXIM are still needed at NIPC.” It read in part.
The group further called on the president to look into the issue with a view to reversing the appointment.
They also threatened that if their demands were not met in Seven days, they would move to disrupt activities at the commission until Mrs. Saratu is removed or she tenders her resignation.
Meanwhile the leader of the coalition Comrade Agbese was detained and all attempts to reach him at press time proved abortive.