Editor’s note: President Muhammadu
Buhari-led federal government has been
under pressure over the statistics released
by the National Bureau of Statistics that
shows a negative growth in the first two
quarters of the year.
Joseph Edgar in this piece advises President
Buhari to immediately look at Ministries of
Finance, Solid Minerals, Labour, Youth and
Sports, Transport, Agriculture,
Communications and Technology.
President Buhari with ministers
The score card has come in and the Federal
Government has performed woefully. I will
spare us the boredom of reeling out the
stats all over again. We are in a more
terrible state than we were one year ago.
To mention just one indicator, over a
million people have joined the labour
market in just one year. This is really the
lowest of all since we became a country and
it is so sad that I happen to be a father and
Nigerian at this time.
t can no longer be business as usual. We
will not withdraw our mandate as the
mandate was freely and joyously given but
then again we retain the right to ask
questions and demand answers. The major
question is, ‘What will be done by the
Government to make sure that we get out
of this stupor and on time?’ This question
must be answered objectively and with the
single-minded focus of a government that
truly believes in its change mantra.
For me, the first thing the Government
should do on the road to recovery is to look
closely at the cabinet. There should be a
major earth-shaking cabinet change. The
contraption that is this cabinet must be
dissolved. Enough of the rent seekers, the
political godfathers have been rewarded
enough, their acolytes must give way for
more serious minded egg-heads who have
the capacity and depth to face this massive
economic turbulence we are going through.
What this means is, if the president is very
patriotic, which I know he is, then he must
forget the second term and do away with
the political jobbers in his cabinet. He is
the very best President we can have at this
time since his strong and firm commitment
to what is right and his no nonsense
attitude when it comes to taking firm
decisions will put his people in a strong
position to implement well thought out
For me, the following ministries should be
immediately looked into, Finance, Solid
Minerals, Labour, Youth, Sport and Culture,
Transport, Agriculture, Communications
and Technology. To me, we need people in
these ministries who understand the
dynamics of the various sectors that they
superintendent. Other Government
parastatals like the Investment Promotions
council and other allied organs must not be
To me, we need people in these ministries
who understand the dynamics of the
various sectors that they superintendent.
Other Government parastatals like the
Investment Promotions council and other
allied organs must not be left out.
We need a dynamism the present crop of
technocrats despite their selfless devotion
to the country simply do not have the
capacity to deliver. For a country in the kind
of fix we find ourselves to have a major
economic parastatal to be battling with
dress code just highlights the ineptitude
that we face in a war situation. How will
dress code help us out of the woods? Even
if people have to come to work naked, let
them come, as long as efficiency is
returned to the work place.
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So my call is an immediate reshuffling of
the cabinet and the bringing in board of
true professionals with in depth
understanding of the evolving dynamism of
the new economy.
Read more at Nairametrics.
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