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Buhari In Search of Able Disciples

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Nigeria News takes a look at the quality of ministers President Muhammadu Buhari should present to the National Assembly.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s success will depend more on the quality of ministers that will work with him in this second term.

It took the president about six months to pick the last set of ministers in his first term and despite the delay, the cabinet members showed no ingenuity.

There was no difference in between Buhari’s Executive Council and that of his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

It was business as usual, except that the first term of Buhari emphasized more on fighting corruption, among which was budget padding.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime may have not done well as expected, the robustness of the Federal Executive Council that he chaired really repositioned the economy of the country.

Obasanjo ran an inclusive administration. He engaged the service of technocrats and intellectuals to reduce poverty in the country in eight years.

Of course, Obasanjo failed in the area of power generation with his government squandering over $16 billion on electricity but with nothing to show for it.

Successive regimes did not do better. None after Obasanjo has been able to fix the power problem. It has gone from bad to worse.

The Power sector and other sectors of the economy have been so politicized that round pegs are hardly put in round holes.

The ministerial appointment is based more on quota system than the area of competence.

By now, Buhari must have learnt that there is a need to have separate ministers of Power, Works and Housing Ministries.

The immediate past Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) must have realized now that there is nothing called Super Minister but loads of works without enough funds to implement the many projects.

There is a need for Buhari to promote expertise and ingenuity over the quota system. This is not the time to play politics. There are still men of integrity outside the All Progressives Congress, APC who will do better only if they occupy the position of responsibilities.

They become critics and useless when they are idle. Buhari should grow beyond party lines by putting competent hands at every ministry if he must succeed this second term.

He should learn from the performance of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, headed by Babatunde Fowler who is an expert in taxation.

He should learn from the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede who is an educationist as he had turned the board around within a short period.

Oloyede, to me, is fit as the next Minister of Education. If the president must bring professionals who are currently heading some of the agencies and parastatals to become substantive ministers, let it be.

Nigeria is in urgent need of men of ingenuity, experts who can work with Buhari, not those who will only fill the quota system.

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