Tinubu’s ministers and lessons from past mistakes
SIR: Nigerians who want to know why the immediate past ministers that served under former President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration abysmally failed to deliver visible milestones in their various ministries should not look too far.
That was despite Buhari’s declaration on Monday, August 19, 2019, at the retreat preceding their inauguration that; ministers will be responsible for the development and implementation of policies, programmes and projects in their various ministries, departments and agencies in line with the government priorities; and also ensure that agencies under their ministries are effective, efficient and accountable in their responsibilities.
Instead of crying over spilt milk, what is expected of Nigerians is not to allow lessons arising from their failures go with political winds. There is more at stake for President Bola Tinubu to learn from such past failures, to assist his administration unleash fundamental change of direction and usher in a radical improvement and efficiency, among government ministries, parastatals and agencies.
As a President desirous of effecting positive change in the socioeconomic well being of the nation, Tinubu urgently needs to unravel what set the stage for their failures and politics that nourished such negative records.
The protracted inabilities of the former ministers to perform and deliver on their given mandate are undeniably a failure traceable to former Buhari and the Ahmad Lawan rested 9th National Assembly. In fact, their failure is a sin that Buhari and 9th NASS must share in its guilt.
Aside from Buhari forwarding to the house in 2019, a list of ministerial nominees that was silent on nominees’ past record of achievements, and details of portfolio to handle as ministers; a painful omission and reality that rendered senators clueless in generating relevant strategic questions for the nominees, the 9th NASS acceptance of such a slanted list on the other hand was a fundamental mistake. It is a well known law that ‘‘you cannot give what you don’t have.’’
Information at the public domain shows that before his appointment as Education Minister, Adamu Adamu had neither lectured in any of the tertiary education institution nor worked with any of the university community in the country as a non academic staff. From this standpoint, it became obvious why he exposed the obvious in performance.
Another area of concern is this doctrine of ‘Take A Bow And Go’ for the majority of nominees that were once senators. They extended such priviledge to their collegues-turned-ministerial nominees without considering whether the ex-senators in question were familiar with the magnitude and urgency of our problem as a nation or laced with necessary requisite knowledge that the ministerial positions demand to help the nation come out of its predicament.
Jerome-Mario Chijioke Utomi.
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