Ahead of the inauguration coming up Monday, Nigerians have spoken on their expectations of the incoming ministers, asking them to make service to the people a priority and deliver on the mandates of their various ministries.
They also asked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to show erring ministers who can’t deliver on the Renewed Hope Agenda the way out, rather than pampering them as allegedly done by his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari.
About 45 ministers-designate assigned portfolios are to be inaugurated at a programme scheduled to begin 10.00am at the Presidential Villa Abuja.
Tinubu rejigs portfolios
This is coming as the Presidency announced a minor reshuffling of portfolios, barely 12 hours to the swearing-in of the incoming cabinet members.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Mr Ajuri Ngelale, said in a statement in Abuja Sunday that President Tinubu approved the redeployment of Engr. Abubakar Momoh from the Federal Ministry of Youth to the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Development, a ministry that was before now, subsumed under the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) by the administration.
The statement also said the Federal Ministry of Youth is to be re-assigned to Minister-Designate soon.
He said the ministers-designate in charge of Federal Ministries of Transportation, Interior, and Marine and Blue Economy were also reshuffled.
“Mr Adegboyega Oyetola is redeployed as the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy; Bunmi Tunji-Ojo is redeployed as the Minister of Interior; Sa’idu Alkali is redeployed as the Minister of Transportation.” It said.
Ngelale further said: “The Ministers of State in the oil and gas sector are now domiciled in the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources with the following designations: Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri is the Minister of State (Oil), Petroleum Resources while Hon. Ekperipe Ekpo is the Minister of State (Gas), Petroleum Resources.
“The President also approved the renaming of the Federal Ministry of Environment as Federal Ministry of Environment and Ecological Management.”
He said all changes take immediate effect by the presidential directives.
Nigerians and their expectations
And as the ministers step into their various offices, a cross section Nigerians spoke to Blueprint Sunday night of their expectations, with some telling President Tinubu not to pamper the new cabinet members as ‘obtained’ under the Buhari administration.
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, Dcn. Oluwaseun Thomas, urged the president to accompany “the portfolios given to the ministers with specific mandate and tasks to ensure they are achieved within a specific period of time.
“The President should not also hesitate to sack any one of them that can’t deliver because we did not vote for them. Tinubu should not emulate Buhari who kept some of the ministers for eight years.”
Another respondent, Romanus Okwudili, said: “We expect Tinubu’s administration to adopt annual review of the performances of the ministers and other appointees, to know who is doing well and those that need improvement.
“Nigerians are waiting, and we also expect these Ministers to also prove some of us wrong that they can deliver on their mandate. For me, I will wait for one year to judge them.”
Also, an Abuja resident, Ismaeel Abdulazeez, demanded that the “the National Orientation must be put to the right use. The agency should be made to effectively play its role in sensitising the people on government’s policy.”
In his comment, National Chairman of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Alhaji Magaji Olaniyan Ibrahim, said the people’s expectations of the new ministers were high because some of them are past governors who performed creditably well in all their states.
Specifically, he lauded the Tinubu administration for giving the Ministry of Police Affairs two ministers because “their policies will favour policing and the welfare of police officers which will be more improved and encouraged in Nigeria generally.
“Also, the New Minister of FCT will make Abuja the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Nigerians can be proud of.”
In his submission, a public affairs analyst, Mr Jide Ojo, said “Nigerians are hoping that whatever limited period left could be used to implement the key highlights from the commitment of President Tinubu’s administration.
“I also expect that the ministers should get their Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that will streamline what is expected of them to hit the ground running to achieve.
“The major challenge is the issue of budget Finance, Budget backing and we are already getting to the 3rd quarter of the year. We might be looking at 2024 before these new Ministries will be able to take off effectively .The Head of Service will be mandated to look for office space for the new ministries and they will also be thinking of where to get money to run new ministries amongst others.”
In a reaction, a resident of Jikwoyi, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who simply identified himself as Michael, noted that with Nyesom Wike’s track record in Rivers state, he is confident the former governor would replicate same feat in the FCT.