President Buhari Sacks Agriculture, Power Ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Minister of Agriculture, Mohammed Nanono and the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, from his cabinet, because their contribution has been considered weak.

The President reportedly disclosed this during the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, adding that he sacked the Ministers, in a bid to reinvigorate his cabinet and consolidate legacy achievements.

According to a statement from Femi Adesina,  the special adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, “The ministers were sacked after an independent and critical self-review of their performance. These significant review steps have helped to identify and strengthen weak areas, close gaps.”

The statement read that, “On Wednesday 21st August, 2019 the current Federal Executive Council was sworn-in after a rigorous retreat to bring returning and new members up to speed on the accomplishments, challenges and lessons drawn from my first term in Office and to emphasise the nine priority areas of government for the second term.”

It disclosed “Two years and some months into the second term, the tradition of subjecting our projects and programs implementation to independent and critical self-review has taken firm roots through sector Reporting during Cabinet meetings and at Retreats.”

“I must commend this cabinet for demonstrating unparalleled resilience that helped the government to navigate the disruption to global systems and governance occasioned by the emergence of COVID-19 shortly after the inauguration. The weekly Federal Executive Council meetings were not spared because the traditional model was altered.”

It stated that, “As we are all aware, change is the only factor that is constant in every human endeavour and as this administration approaches its critical phase in the second term, I have found it essential to reinvigorate this cabinet in a manner that will deepen its capacity to consolidate legacy achievements.”

The President further revealed “In due course, substantive nominations will be made to fill the consequential vacancies in accordance with the requirements of the constitution.”

“I have personally met with the departing members to thank them for their contributions to discussions in cabinet and the invaluable services rendered to the nation.”

“Today, effectively marks their last participation in the Federal Executive Council deliberations and I wish them the best in all future endeavours.”


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