Buhari takes away power of ministers to remove heads of agencies

Buhari takes away power of ministers to remove heads of agencies

- President Buhari has reportedly restrained ministers from disciplining or removing heads of any agency

- The new development was disclosed in a circular by the SGF, Boss Mustapha

- The circular was said to have been forwarded to all ministers and several other senior officials

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Cabinet ministers serving under the Buhari administration have reportedly been stripped of the power to directly remove heads of agencies and parastatals they supervise.

Premium Times in an exclusive report stated that the administration stripped the ministers of powers to sack heads of agencies and parastatals over concerns that the ministers may act arbitrarily.

Buhari takes away power of ministers to remove heads of agencies
The SGF Boss Mustapha disclosed that the decision is to prevent ministers from acting arbitrarily. Photo credits: Femi Adesina
Source: UGC

The newspaper also stated that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, in a circular dated May 19 explained that the move was also to ensure stability and service delivery.

The circular was said to have been forwarded to all ministers and several other senior officials, including the head of service, the president’s chief of staff, military chiefs, the central bank governor, and permanent secretaries, among others.

Ministers had in the past arbitrarily exercised powers to discipline heads of agencies, commissions or departments they supervise, including suspending and dismissing them from office.

In another report, President Muhammadu Buhari has signed an amendment to the Executive Order 008 of 2018 on Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularisation Scheme.

The executive order gives all individuals who have defaulted in the declaration of their overseas assets the opportunity to voluntarily declare and pay appropriate levies.

According to a statement released on Thursday, May 21, by Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, the media aide to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), President Buhari signed the amendment on Wednesday, May 20, ThisDay reports.

Legit.ng gathers that the president signed the amended executive order after inputs by relevant stakeholders.

Nigerians are urged to seize the opportunity provided by the new executive order to declare and regularise their overseas assets before it is too late.

According to the AGF, persons who voluntarily declare their overseas assets and pay the stipulated levy to the government will receive compliance certificates. The certificate will allow them to use their assets freely without any hindrance.

Meanwhile, after several years of expectations, financial autonomy has finally been granted to the legislature and judiciary across the 36 states of the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari granted the autonomy via a new executive order signed on Friday, May 22. The president disclosed the news on Twitter.

“Based on the power vested in me under Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution (as Amended), I, today, signed into law Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary," he wrote.

He added that his administration would “continue to do everything to strengthen the principles and practice of democratic governance in Nigeria.

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