Crisis brews in NASRDA over substantive DG

There is currently a scramble for leadership at the National Space Research and Development Agency (NARSDA) over the leadership of the parastatal as the former acting director general, Mr. Jonathan Angulu retired from the agency on the 15th of this month.

Being science based, the leadership of the agency is picked from the agency, but there is disquiet over the refusal to elevate the most senior in the agency.

The retired director general, a history graduate, was appointed in acting capacity on in June last year after the expiration of the two terms of Professor Seidu Mohammed. On his retirement on 15th of this month, the most senior, Dr. G.I. Agbaje was bypassed for a junior to become the acting director general.

There are fears within the parastatal that this might lead crisis within the science agency if justice is not done on appointment of the substantive director general.

Currently there are two contending senior officers jostling for the substantive headship of the agency.

The two most senior are Dr. G.I. Agbaje, Director, Centre for Space Science and Technology Education Ile Ife and Dr. F.D. Chizea, Director of Planning, Policy and Research now on acting capacity as director general.

However, Dr. G.I. Agbaje, an indigene of Lagos, having become a deputy director earlier in 2006, is the most senior. He was seconded to the Federal Civil Service from the Lagos State Civil Service Commission with reference number LB/616/5.6/32 in September 2004 starting with the position of an assistant director.

He is currently the most senior in the parastatal.

According to a source in the parastatal, there is currently disquiet in the agency as the staff wait on the government to do the right do thing by correcting the mistake made in the headship of the agency.

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