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Buhari Shocker: I will have 36 ministers not ministries
Senate President with President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari Shocker: I will have 36 ministers not ministries

President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that not all the persons he appointed as Ministers would be heading specific ministries.

The President who had muted the idea before, repeated it when he received the Senate President, Dr, Abubakar Bukola Saraki yesterday. He said the constitution says 36 Ministers not 36 Ministries.

According to him !If I can remember, there must be a member from each of the 36 states. That was why I limited the number of my nominees to that number, 36.

Commending the Senate, President Buhari said. “The senate worked extremely hard and they have passed all the nominees. I think there is some enthusiasm in some parts of the presidency today that portfolios are to be given to the 36. “The constitution certainly says there must be one member of the cabinet from all the states but the constitution did not say I must have 36 ministries.

On the Economy he noted “Whatever somebody speculated in some of today’s newpapers, I think that the economy as I have seen it now since my sitting here for the last four months, is that we are so much battered, although some people are saying I am giving bad publicity and scaring away investors. “Any investor who is interested in investing in Nigeria will seem to know more about the economy more than ourselves. So when I come and tell the truth about the position of the economy of the country, I am going out looking for investors.

“But I am confirming to them that we are truthful, that we need them to come and help us help ourselves by getting in industries, manufacturing and services. They know our needs. The economy of human resources, I believe will make them eventually come and help us. “I thank the senate for doing this hard work technically within record time.”

Meanwhile, the Senate President has revealed that it was not new to have junior Ministers or Ministers without Porfolios.
“Well I think before you had Ministers of State in the past, I don’t think there is anything new; there was Minister for Special duties which really don’t have portfolio, I think the key issue is being in cabinet and being part of government.

. “So Minister of State is not new. We had it before, if you remember that very well. Honestly, I believe we need to move away from the small issues and begin to focus on the major issues. I think the country presently now is at a very trying time no doubt about it.

“We have the challenges of revenue drop, challenges in trying to boost revenue and create jobs and you know we have some of these issues which we really need to address and I think that it is time for us to address them and these are some of the issues we looked at as a senate.

” It is time for us to give support to the executive to move the country forward and I think all of us, apart from those in the legislature and the executive and even those of you in the media, we must begin to proffer and put our country in a positive view otherwise there is no way we are going to have those major issues addressed.

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