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According to the Presidency, Tinubu is prepared to remove any minister who is incompetent.



The Presidency stated yesterday that President Bola Tinubu would not hesitate to fire any cabinet member due to ineptitude.

Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, claimed this yesterday during an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

On August 21, the president installed his 45-member cabinet and charged them with carrying out his “renewed hope” programme.

Ngelale stated that the president has set dates for the ministers and that failing to meet those deadlines could result in dismissal.

“President Bola Tinubu is someone who has results,” he remarked. ‘These are your benchmarks, I know what I want you to do, and I’m not expecting you to just come up with a plan when you get there,’ he explains.

“I’m telling you the time frame that I expect you to meet. And there are penalties if you don’t. He’s willing to sack a minister on the spur of the moment if he doesn’t get what he wants. Absolutely.”

Ngelale justified the number of ministers appointed by saying that the president valued specialisation for improved performance.

“In his opinion, there was an urgent need in the federal government for hands-on specialisation.”

Based on the amount of the deficit, if we can increase specialisation and ensure that we trim it down, we can put housing in the hands of Musa Dangiwa, whose experience reforming the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria lends itself well to housing reform.

“He doesn’t have to be concerned about power or work.” There is no excuse for failure, according to the president, if I appoint a minister with a single objective. At that time, you can say, “We can now hold them accountable.”

He went on to say that with each minister responsible for one vital task, efficiency was anticipated in the best interests of the country.

Tinubu prohibits FG officials who do not have particular positions from attending the UNGA.

Meanwhile, President Bola Tinubu has forbidden federal government personnel from attending the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA, in New York, United States, unless they have a specified function to perform or proof of direct participation.

According to a statement published by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Ajuri Ngelale, the President’s decision was part of a larger effort to lower the cost of administration in Nigeria.

According to Ngelale, President Tinubu has asked the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to halt visa processing for any government officials wishing to travel to New York for the UNGA’s official schedule of events.

“To prevent any sharp practise in this regard, the US Mission in Nigeria is accordingly guided on official visa processing, while Nigeria’s Permanent Mission in New York is further directed to prevent and stop the accreditation of any government official who is not placed on the protocol lists forwarded by the approving authority,” the statement continued.

“By the President’s directive, all Federal Ministries, Departments, and Agencies are directed to ensure that all officials approved for inclusion in the UNGA delegation strictly limit the number of aides and associated staff participating in the event.” Any excesses or irregularities in this regard will be removed during the final verification process.

“The President wishes to affirm that, going forward, government officials and government expenditure must reflect the prudence and sacrifice being made by well-meaning Nigerians across the country,” the statement continued.

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