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Buhari sacks Agriculture, Power ministers over poor performance

By Idowu Abdullahi

As part of moves signaling commencement of cabinet reshuffling, President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Ministers of Power, Saleh Mamman and his Agriculture and Rural Development counterpart, Sabo Nanono over alleged poor performance.

The president also announced the redeployment of two ministers who are to take over the mantle of leadership from the sacked ministers and ensures there was no vacuum in the ministries’ administration.

The Minister of Environment, Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar is to take over as the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development while the Minister of State for Works, Abubakar Aliyu, is to take over as the Minister for Power.

Announcing the development on Wednesday, Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said that the reshuffling exercise would continue in accordance with the provisions of the constitution.

He said that the president changes were sequel to the “tradition of subjecting our projects and programs implementation to independent and critical self-review” through sector reporting during Cabinet meetings and at retreats.

He added that “these significant review steps have helped to identify and strengthen weak areas, close gaps, build cohesion and synergy in governance, manage the economy and improve the delivery of public good to Nigerians.”

“I must commend this cabinet for demonstrating unparalleled resilience that helped the government to navigate the disruption to global systems and governance occasioned by the emergence of COVID-19 shortly after inauguration. The weekly Federal Executive Council meetings was not spared because the traditional mode was altered.

“As we are all aware, change is the only factor that is constant in every human endeavour and as this administration approaches its critical phase in the second term, I have found it essential to reinvigorate this cabinet in a manner that will deepen its capacity to consolidate legacy achievements,” he said.

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