Nigeria dissolves cabinet as Buhari orders ministers to hand over to SGF on May 28
London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria has dissolve its federal executive council otherwise known as the cabinet with a directive from the President Muhammadu Buhari that all outgoing ministers must handover their portfolios on the 28th of May, 2019.
He gave the directive during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) valedictory session at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.
He said that the valedictory FEC meeting was the last for the outgoing cabinet before the inauguration of his second term on the 29th of May,
He added that they should continue working in their capacity till Tuesday 28th of May, 2019.
Handover notes, he said, should be submitted to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
All the 31 ministers in the Council chamber took turns to thank the President for finding them worthy of the appointment in the past three and half years.
President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday, exactly a week before his inauguration for another four-year tenure.
The Federal Executive Council is the cabinet of Nigeria and is made up of the President, Vice-President and ministers appointed by the President. Other members are Secretary to the Government of the Federation, head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) and Chief of Staff to the President.
Most of the 36 ministers were sworn-in on 11 November 2015, with President Buhari holding the Ministry of Petroleum as its substantive minister.
President Buhari essentially kept the team, with few exits in the last three and half years.
Barrister James Ocholi, the minister of state for Labour & Employment was the first to take a tragic bow, about four months after he was appointed. He died 6 March 2016 in an accident on Abuja-Kaduna road.
Next was the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, who went on to become the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations.
Two of the original ministers also resigned to contest for political offices. They were Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, who was then Minister of Mines and Solid Minerals, and Aisha Al-hassan, who went to run for governorship seat in Taraba, after falling out with the All Progressives Congress.
Hajia Khadija Bukar Ibrahim, Minister of State, Foreign Affairs also left to run for a House of Representatives seat in Yobe. She won.
Kemi Adeosun, who was the original Minister of Finance left amidst proof that she forged her NYSC certificate.
In December last year, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, Minister of State for Environment quit to become the 13th Emir of Nasarawa emirate in Nasarawa State.
The President also made some new ministerial appointments in the course of the tenure. One of them was Suleiman Hassan, who was initially appointed Minister of state for Power in 2017. Later, he became the Minister of Environment, following the exit of Emir Ibrahim Usman Jibril.
Also appointed in 2017 was Professor Stephen Ocheni, who replaced late Barrister Ocholi.
President Buhari had on April 17 asked for a comprehensive “status reports on policies, programmes and projects” from cabinet members on their respective ministries, departments and agencies.
The deadline for submission of the reports to the Presidential Audit Committee in the office of the Vice President was April 24.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had said that despite the valedictory session today, the cabinet will not be dissolved simultaneously.
In a statement issued in Abuja on 25 April, the minister said it is the prerogative of President Muhammadu Buhari to dissolve the cabinet anytime he chooses.
The statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Minister, Mr Segun Adeyemi, clarified the minister’s earlier statement to State House correspondents after Thursday’s FEC meeting in Abuja.
‘’It is inaccurate to extrapolate from my statement – that the FEC valedictory session will hold on 22 May – to say that the President will dissolve the cabinet on the same day.
“They do not mean the same thing,” he said.