WHY BUHARI’S LONG-AWAITED CABINET IS DISAPPOINTING

Ini Dele-Adedeji It took President Muhammadu Buhari 54 days after his second term began to send a list of ministerial nominees to the Nigerian Senate for screening. This is a better record than his first term, which began in May 2015. Then, Nigerians had to wait six months before the list of ministerial portfolios and offices was announced. This time round, the Senate took just a few days to approve the list, the vast majority of whom served in Buhari’s previous cabinet. Only 14 out of 43 were first-term cabinet…

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SGF REVEALS DATE FOR SWEARING IN OF MINISTERS

  Olufemi Atoyebi. Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari will swear in ministers on August 21, 2019, following the conclusion of the nominees’ screening by the Senate. Five months after he was sworn in for a second term in office, the President forwarded the ministerial list to the National Assembly on July 23, 2019. The list contained 43 named with 14 of them being former ministers in his first term in office. A statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babatunde…

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FG TO REVIVE TWO MINISTRIES SCRAPPED IN 2015

There are strong indications that the Federal Government of Nigeria may bring back two defunct federal ministries that were scrapped in 2015 immediately after the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari, DAILY INDEPENDENT reports. It was gathered in Abuja on Monday that the two ministries, Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Federal Ministry of States and Local Governments Affairs, when resuscitated would be serving as an ombudsman among three tiers of government as well as other pertinent functions. Speaking at the inauguration of permanent standing committee on inter-governmental affairs, the Secretary to…

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RETURNING MINISTERS AND CARRIED OVER PROJECTS

Omoniyi Salaudeen As he did in his first tenure, President Muhammadu Buhari took all the time he needed to constitute his cabinet without caring a hoot about the criticisms from different quarters. While the search work lasted, so many insinuations, innuendoes and speculations filled the air. For he alone understands the enormity of the challenge of talent discovery in a country of about 200 million people with diverse ethno-religious and political differences. At last, when he unfolded and presented the list of the ministerial nominees to the Senate for screening and…

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MINISTER DESIGNATE TO UNDERGO RETREAT BEFORE INAUGURATION- SGF

Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja The 43 ministers-designate confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday will undergo a retreat before President Muhammadu Buhari will inaugurate them and assign portfolio to them. They are also expected to study some government documents in other to be conversant with the Federal Government’s policies and programmes before they resume work. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Friday. According to Mustapha, the ministerial retreat would hold between August 15 and 16. Ahead…

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BUHARI RAISES KITCHEN CABINET TO WORK ON MINISTERS AND PORTFOLIOS

President Muhammadu Buhari has raised a kitchen cabinet advisory committee to designate portfolios for all the ministerial nominees successfully screened by the National Assembly. The Nation reports that the committee raised by the president is expected to ensure the placement of nominees in appropriate ministries for effectiveness. The new committee will also be focused on 29 new nominees on the ministerial list who will be joining the returning ministers at the Federal Executive Council (FEC). This, a source confirmed is because most of the 14 old ministers will be returning…

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PRESIDENCY YET TO BE OFFICIALLY INFORMED ABOUT CLEARANCE OF 43 MINISTERS BY SENATE

Deji Elumoye in Abuja The Presidency Wednesday said it was yet to be officially informed by the leadership of the Senate about the confirmation of 43 ministerial nominees sent to the upper legislative chamber last week. Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, told reporters that more than 24 hours after the confirmation of all the nominees, the Senate had not communicated that to President Buhari. According to him, the President is expecting official communication from the National Assembly to enable…

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BUHARI REVEALS WHEN MINISTERS WILL KNOW THEIR PORTFOLIOS

By Anule Emmanuel Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, disclosed that he will assign portfolio to members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) who have been confirmed by the Senate at the point of inauguration. The President, however, did not mention any particular date for the inauguration of the new ministers. Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, commended the Senate for its diligence and prompt confirmation of his ministerial nominees. He said: “Specific portfolios shall be assigned with the inauguration of the…

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BUHARI WORKS ON PAIRING NOMINEES WITH MINISTRIES

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja Following the completion of the screening and clearing of 43 ministerial nominees forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate, work has now commenced to assign portfolio to them. Buhari, last week, forwarded the names of 43 ministerial nominees to the Senate for screening and confirmation as ministers. The senators had grilled the nominees based on their professions, working experiences/previous positions held, among others, without knowledge of what portfolios each of them will be assigned. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a…

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SEE THE THREE MORE HURDLES BEFORE MINISTERIAL NOMINEES

.Fate of Southsouth nominee shaky by Yusuf Alli, Abuja For ministerial nominees, the battle for cabinet seats is not yet over, despite the appearance of some of them before the Senate. They have three more hurdles to cross before they can be confirmed minister. They are: a) verification of credentials of each of the 43 nominees; b) a voice vote on each nominee to determine the final decision; and c) consideration of petitions against some of the nominees. The Senate has received a petition against a nominee, who is said…

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