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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Cabinet reshuffle without political restructuring


Pundits, witches and wizards, prophets and oracles on Nigerian’s political circles who always know how Abuja works and why Nigeria’s presidency is always unfruitful will tell you that soon and very soon, there will be a major cabinet shake-up by the President. The ruling party’s bigwigs, haters of a vicious cabal, even members of the president’s household including the First Lady and regular investors in politics and business of cabinet making have been pushing for it. There is good news for those pushing the usual midterm agenda: Inside Stuff intelligence in the nation’s capital has indicated that the expectation of the schemers for a cabinet shake-up will not be cut off. The president will satisfy them sooner than later – after the Sallah break. Insiders are saying there will be either dissolution of the cabinet or a major reshuffle. What is more, those who should know the inside stuff of the politics that will shape a brand new cabinet have revealed that the president may also show that he has never been under a spell of any cabal. To underscore this, inside sources say the president may also reshuffle the unsteady presidential bureaucracy comprising the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), the Chief Of Staff to the President, (CoS-P), the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission (CFCSC).
The presidential bureaucracy is headed by the SGF, the engine room of the presidency that has been curiously vacant since April 19, 2017 when Mr. Babachir Lawal, was suspended on corruption allegation. There has been an Acting SGF, Dr. Habibat Lawal, a serving Permanent Secretary who cannot effectively carry out the responsibility of that office because she is still responsible to the Head of Service who should account to the substantive SGF. That is the due order. Besides, the office of the Chairman of the FCSC has been vacant since April this year when Deaconess Joan Ayo’s term expired. Her appointment by President Goodluck Jonathan was criticised was too old and weak to be efficient given the vibrancy expected in that very critical civil service office.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari who was allegedly linked to a N500 million bribe by a fined telecom firm, has also been widely criticised for perceived passivity in his office. The bribery allegation hasn’t been forgotten, though the presidency has curiously swept it under the carpet. People have been gossiping about why he too has bot been suspended since the telecom company that allegedly arranged the bribe at issue has since cleaned up its own house, retired the link to the CoS-P.I have drawn attention to the institutional weaknesses in the presidential bureaucracy several times here but who cares about the nexus between operational efficiency of a presidency and verdict of history? Read more


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