- The presidency has revealed why it took President Buhari about six months to appoint ministers in 2015
- According to a media aide, Garba Shehu, the president was making serious consultations with MDAs at the time
- Moreover, Shehu clarified that the president was not allowed to meet officials prior to being briefed by Goodluck Jonathan
An explanation has been given as to why President Muhammadu Buhari was unable to form his cabinet immediately after he won the 2015 presidential election at the beginning of his first administration.
The revelation was given by the president's senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, on Thursday, December 17, in a tribute to honour him on his 78th birthday.
Shehu explained that after being declared as the winner of the election at the time, the president had to conduct meetings for heads of ministries, departments and agencies and this took about half a year to accomplish.
The presidential media aide said:
“Upon his assumption of office in May 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari sat at long meetings with teams led by Permanent Secretaries and heads of the various government agencies and departments.
"Those meetings took a few months to go round and were in effect, responsible for the delay in the appointment of ministers into his first cabinet."
He further revealed that just as is obtainable in the United States (US), the president was not allowed at the time to meet officials until he was briefed by the incumbent, that is, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
But more importantly, Shehu said that one of the key policies the president brought on board was non-tolerance for bribery among public servants, especially in the area of awarding contracts.
The media aide said that the president warned officials against the practice of giving brown envelops for the award of government contracts.
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Quoting the president in this regard, Shehu said:
“From now going forward, the added costs and all this padding must end. If we ask for quotations from you, tell us the actual cost that the project entails. No ten percent, no added costs.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the United Kingdom said it had launched a website to celebrate President Buhari’s achievements in the last five years.
Edith Nwachukwu, the chairperson, membership committee of the chapter, said this in a statement issued by Jacob Ogunseye, the APC UK publicity secretary, on Monday, August 24, in Abuja.
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