Buhari may scrap ministers of state

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The President-elect, Muhammadu , is said to be considering the reduction of the number of ministers as part of his strategies for reducing cost of governance. The PUNCH learnt   that this formed part of the cost-saving proposals which Buhari   presented during the All Progressives Congress’s National Working Committee meeting in Abuja on Wednesday. Those to be done away with are ministers of state. The NWC which is yet to conclude its deliberations on proposals, according a high-ranking member of the APC NWC,   include streamlining the ministries and parastatals. The NWC member said, “No concrete decision has been reached on any of the issues yet. We are still meeting tomorrow.” The meeting, which was chaired by the party’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, also reviewed the just-concluded general elections, the deadlock in the Taraba State governorship poll as well as the alleged electoral fraud in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states. The National Publicity Secretary of the party,   Lai Mohammed, who spoke to journalists during a short break by the committee, confirmed that the NWC reviewed the governorship election. He also said that with the “election behind us, we have to prepare the ground for the transition committee and for the business of the governance.” When asked to comment on the proposals made by Buhari on streamlining the ministries and parastatals, he dismissed the question. Mohammed said, “I think you have been listening to a lot of gossip; nothing like that was discussed. All we discussed was to make recommendations into the transition committee; how the government should hit the ground running and what should be   the immediate, mid-term and long term policies of the incoming government. So, all these issues of ministers   and MDAs, are your own imagination. Responding to another question on   power sharing,   he said, “This government is not going to be like before; we discussed serious issues and honestly, I am telling you what we discussed since morning has been what should be the priority of the incoming government. “Power sharing was not discussed. I don’t know who gave you information on what was discussed and not discussed. Anyway, we are going to resume the discussion tomorrow (today). He said the party was not satisfied with what happened in Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Taraba and Imo states. Earlier, the party’s candidate in the Taraba State governorship race, , who joined the meeting at some point, drove out of the party’s headquarters at 7.48pm. She declined comments when reporters approached her. It was however learnt that the NWC received a briefing from her about the happenings in the state after which she answered a few questions and was allowed to leave. Muhammed also declined to make public the names of the chairman and members of the transition committee. It was however learnt that the Vice-President- Elect, Yemi Osinbajo, would chair the Buhari transition committee. Meanwhile, the National Organising Secretary of the APC ,   Osita Izunaso and a former Governor of , Timipreye Sylva, have condemned the April 11 elections in the South -East and the South- South. They said but for the timely intervention of the APC leaders, the people in some states of the regions would have taken the laws into their hands. Sylva said the APC and its members especially in Bayelsa State, were confronted with a choice between winning the elections and protecting the lives of the people who were being attacked, intimidated and killed.


  1. Shobande Keymon Yomi

    April 16, 2015 at 6:06 am

    They are just too much there eating our money. Sweep them away Baba

  2. Sandra Chinasa Deborah

    April 16, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Well, until d final decision is made.

  3. Sandra Chinasa Deborah

    April 16, 2015 at 6:39 am

    But sir u hv to be careful with those pple around u cos they re all politicians. U know wat this means and wen reducing d numbers of ministries, don’t it appear like revenge on d PDP party

  4. Ndubuisi Oscar

    April 16, 2015 at 8:12 am

    When the transition committee deliberate and draw their conclusions, we will surely know the outcome.

  5. Louis Offor

    April 16, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Baba….If possible please scrap all irrelevant ministries as well and those whose functions already create a duplicity of purpose with already existing ministries. It would be a welcome development as long as cutting the cost of governance is concerned. I’m already exicted at the way this Party – APX is approaching things before May 29, 2015. They really want to hit the ground running before that date and have shown maturity and superiority above the new opposition party – PDP! 😀

  6. Bello John

    April 16, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Yes that is cutting cost in governance. There are so many duplications in the organs of government which calls for wasteful expenditure. It would be good if these monies are channeled towards creating jib opportunities for th e teaming youth.