Buhari had promised to transmit the list of ministerial nominees to the Senate on or before Sept. 30 for proper screening by the upper legislative arm in the country.
Nigeria’s Senate leader Abubakar Bukola Saraki confirmed he received the list of nominated cabinet members late Wednesday, hours after the upper legislative arm had concluded its plenary for the day and adjourned its sitting until next Tuesday.
“I can now confirm that I have just received the list of ministerial nominees,” the Nigerian senate leader said via his verified twitter account.
On Tuesday, while awaiting the prized document, Saraki had urged his colleagues to be united in treating the list of nominees with dispatch when it is finally received.
” I believe the presence of ministers will create the space for greater policy engagement with the executive arm of government and enable us to begin to respond in a more systematic manner to the various economic and social challenges before us, especially through our various (senate) committees that will also be constituted soon,” the leading senator said.
Nigerians have been waiting patiently to see the caliber of people to make President Buhari’s cabinet, exactly four months after he took office, with hope that “it will not be business as usual”.
Many had thought the president, who promised to hit the ground running immediately after taking oath of office, would make no delay in appointing his cabinet members. But the reverse was the case.
However, the waiting game may continue for a while as details of the nomination by the president is yet to be made public. The only information known by the public is that the president has decided to be in charge of the ministry of petroleum resources for some 18 months before appointing a substantive minister for that ministry.
The Nigerian leader made his intention known on Tuesday, while in New York for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Nigeria’s economy largely depends on the gains of the oil sector.
Buhari had assured citizens of the West African country that he would nominate technocrats and some best hands from all 36 states in Nigeria to work with him.
Last weekend, the president’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, said his principal would not renege his promise of transmitting the cabinet list to the senate for proper ratification latest by Wednesday.
The delay, by the Nigerian president, in appointing ministers of the African most populous country, four months after assuming office, has been heavily criticized by the nation’s major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which accused Buhari of slowing down economic development in the country.
Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party swiftly countered the claim by the opposition, attributing the delay by the president largely on the transfer of power from one party to another. Enditem