Chief Anthony Anenih
By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) yesterday condemned the appointment of former Minister of Works, Chief Tony Anenih, as the Chairman of the Board of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA).
In a statement signed by its spokesman, Osita Okechukwu, the conference said Anenih’s appointment was “an insult to Nigerians and endorsement of corruption.”
The statement also said: “Whereas President Goodluck Jonathan has the powers by virtue of the powers conferred on him by the 1999 Constitution to delegate or appoint anybody to office; however, we view the appointment of Chief Anthony Anenih to chair the Board of Directors of the NPA as an insult to Nigerians and utter endorsement of corruption.”
The CNPP said the Ports Authority had been infested in “endemic corruption,” since the days of two PDP leaders - Bamaga Tukur and Bode George - as its head.
“Recently the House of Representatives accused the NPA of diverting N160 billion of revenue supposed to be remitted to the Federation Account, in accordance with Section 162 of the Constitution,” the CNPP said.
“For the endemic corruption in the NPA, we are alarmed that President Jonathan instead of nominating a credible, maritime professional to clean the Augean stable in the rotten NPA, has wittingly insulted the intelligence of Nigerians by appointing Anenih, Okechukwu said.
The CNPP said Anenih failed woefully as Minister of Works.
“We are yet to locate any of the federal roads awarded with billions by Anenih as Minister of Works from 1999 which was completed in the more than three years he held sway in the ministry.
“In fact, Agege-Ota-Abeokuta, Owerri-Onitsha, Ilorin-Ibadan, Gombe-Maiduguri, Kano-Maiduguri, Lagos-Ibadan, Lagos-Benin etc, are still uncompleted, despite the unprecedented oil revenue which governed the budget process, an unfortunate foundation laid by the Chief,” the group stated.
The group cast aspersions on President Jonathan’s credibility saying, “We had thought that President Jonathan will be making strenuous efforts to erase the epitaph of graduating into the most corrupt regime in the annals of Nigerian history by distancing himself from less than transparent characters.”
“In sum, it is our candid view that a true Transformation Agenda must be anchored on the beacon of transparency, accountability and public good; not on self-preservation and endorsement of corruption,” the group said.