Nigeria: Tinubu’s Ministerial List and Repeat of Buhari Error

President Bola Tinubu has released a list of 28 ministerial nominees but failed to attach their portfolios to it – the same mistake made by former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Development Diaries reports that the nominees were disclosed on Thursday in a letter read by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio.

Going by section 147 of the constitution, all the nominees appear to be qualfied to serve as ministers. However, not all are qualified to handle certain posts – this is why the president ought to have submitted the list of nominees along with their portfolios.

The idea behind nominating ministers without portfolios is retrogressive and no longer in practice in serious democracies as nominees ought to be grilled in areas relating to where they have been nominated to serve.

It makes it difficult for senators screening the nominees to carry out a thorough exercise. This, by extension, results in the nation’s ministries having round pegs in square holes and persons unfit to carry out the duties of a ministry.

Development Diaries calls on the senate to demand that President Tinubu resubmits the list with portfolios to enable lawmakers to tailor specific questions to each nominee.

Photo source: Bola Ahmed Tinubu


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