Cabinet Reshuffle: President Buhari Set To Drop Under-Performing Ministers In January

The presidency has informed the Senate of its desire to carry out a cabinet reshuffle in January that may see 10 ministers either being redeployed or sacked.

According to Thisday, quoting an impeccable source, the newspaper stated that the presidency had decided to tell the senate of its plans to sack and appoint new ministers so as to avoid unnecessary detail and conflict when the names are made public.

The newspaper also said the president intends to use the shake-up to fill the vacancies in his cabinet created by the demise of Mr. James Ocholi, former Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, in March this year and the imminent exit of the Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed, following her appointment as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN).

Ocholi, before he died in an auto crash, represented Kogi State in the cabinet while Mrs. Mohammed represents Kaduna State.

The source told the newspaper that after 14 months, Buhari now has a fair assessment of how the minsters have performed.

“There is an understanding that in the new year, one of the key assignments the Senate will undertake, aside from the consideration of the 2017 budget, is the screening of new ministerial nominees who will be replacing some of the ministers that will soon be asked to leave the cabinet,” the source said.

Ministers who are adjudged to have fallen short of the responsibility required of them will be fired and a replacement announced.

Meanwhile, the president is also said to be shopping for a replacement of the embattled Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, who is currently facing corruption allegations

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