Buhari Ministerial nominees incompetent, lack fresh ideas – PDP, ASUU, NECA, others

President Buhari has sent a list of his 43 ministerial-nominees, comprising 14 returnee ministers and 29 new appointees to the Senate.

Receiving the letter at Plenary on Tuesday, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan said the screening of the nominees would start on Wednesday (today).

14 old cabinet members were nominated for reappointment, while 17 were dropped.

However the list has elicited different reactions from different sections of the country, various stakeholders have criticised the list.

The opposition, Peoples Democratic Party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said Buhari’s ministerial list was colourless, stagnant, uninspiring and did not convey any sense of hope or purposeful governance.

Also speaking, he President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said Buhari’s list lacked innovation.

While the Director-General, National Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Mr Timothy Olawale, said Nigerians had waited and expected to see some names of technocrats on the list, but the association discovered that the list contained mostly recycled politicians that were picked based on political patronage and mostly for their roles as party.

The Senate will continue to grill the nominees before they are confirmed as ministers and made members of President Buhari’s cabinet.

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