Politics

BREAKING: President Tinubu set for minor cabinet reshuffle

The President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu is set to do minor changes in his cabinet.

This is coming 8 months after the President took the oath of office to succeed Muhammadu Buhari.

Tinubu had in his New Year address stated that none of his appointees would be permitted to give excuses for non-performance of their assigned duties and responsibilities.

The President also said he had pledged to serve the country and would give his best for the benefit of the Nigerian people.

“I took an oath to serve this country and give my best at all times. Like I said in the past, no excuse for poor performance from any of my appointees will be good enough,” Tinubu said.

Earlier, the Special Adviser to the President on policy coordination, Hadiza Bala Usman, has said each minister appointed by President Tinubu would sign a performance bond.

Usman made this known in October 2023, saying the bond will contain Key Performance Indicators, KPIs, that would be reviewed quarterly.

She added that the bond will also come with a consequence management framework for appointees who fall short.

“We are looking to commence an assessment of the respective ministers in January 2024. We are going to have quarterly assessments of performance which will culminate in an annual score card,” Usman said.

It should be recalled that recently the President suspended the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, from office over N585 million scandal.

The statement announcing Edu’s suspension was conveyed in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale in January 2024.

President Tinubu had demanded a thorough probe of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation headed by Betta Edu.

Edu was under fire after she was said to have approved the payment of N585.19 million into a private account of one Bridget Mojisola Oniyelu.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, also uncovered a total sum of N37.17 billion said to be laundered in the Ministry under its immediate past minister, Sadiya Umar-Farouk.

As a result of this, President Tinubu also suspended Halima Shehu as the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of the National Social Investment Programme Agency, NSIPA, after she was linked with the money laundering which took place at the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation under Umar-Farouq.