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By Awunah Terwase
10 May 2015   |   12:02 am
Sir: There are consultations among the members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) on who should be or not to be a minister in the in-coming administration that would be piloted by the president elect, General Muhammadu Buhari. It is no more news that most leaders in the country are always after themselves instead of…
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Sir: There are consultations among the members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) on who should be or not to be a minister in the in-coming administration that would be piloted by the president elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.

It is no more news that most leaders in the country are always after themselves instead of working for the interest of the masses. Now that the new government is going to take over from the outgoing administration, I would like to advice that the system of “my brother or my friend” should not be used in appointing ministers. Somebody should be given a ministerial position based on his capacity to deliver and not because of one’s relationship with such a person.

I would also like to advice that ministerial appointments should go beyond party members. If there is somebody that is not corrupt and can render a selfless service for the progress of this nation, even if he or she is not in APC, such a person should be given a slot.

Therefore, ministerial positions should not be misdirected. For instance, position of Minister of Agriculture should not be given to somebody who read law in the university, the minister of Art and Culture should not be given to someone who has been spending more of his time in America, and knows little about Nigerian culture. Don’t give minster of Justice to someone who read Chemistry in the university. The positions should be given to people based on their areas of specialisation.
However, political prostitutes should not be given anything in the incoming administration, not even the position of a class monitor.

To our President-elect, we are watching clearly to see and talk where and when needs arise. We can never keep quiet when things begin and continue to happen in favour of political elite at the expense of the poor masses.

We want to see change that is positive; we want to touch change, we want to feel the change and we want to even eat change. Please, give us the change that we have been waiting for.

• Awunah Terwase, Makurdi.