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Sacking The Ministers

THERE are some who succeed only when there is tension. If the country is moving towards peace, they find new noise to heighten the tension. Those who call for sack or change of Ministers are bringing a proposal that has little bearing to the belated efforts to steer the country into some direction. Who will be the new Ministers? Who are their sponsors? What is their motive?

It is a fact that the performance of most of Ministers is less then sterling. The reasons for this are not difficult to find. Ministers – just like the ones who are being proposed to replace them – were political choices made without any consideration for their abilities to deliver results.

After the outrage about the results of the election, governments at various levels tried to buy over their opponents in the elections. Candidates who failed to win offices became candidates for appointments. Where they refused to accept the appointments themselves, they sent their protégés. We are reaping the fruits of that contraption.

More importantly, we cannot forget that in almost three years, the President had been, at most, lethargic. His illnesses, the long absences from office, the uncertainty about the legal disputes of his election which was resolved in 2008, and the struggle to articulate a policy direction left Ministers without much to do other than turning up at events (often late) for the available photo opportunities.

New Ministers are supposed to change all these. It would not work. The Federal Government is too big as it is currently. To get it moving, every part has to make a meaningful contribution.  However, a leadership that is active, purposeful, and holds Ministers accountable would get them working.

It is actually a shame that after their long stay, most Ministers do not have a plan of action for their Ministries. In fact, there are some Ministers who instead of waiting for someone to sack them should resign. Those who would remain must act differently to earn their places.

The acting President should not succumb to the pressures of those who would claim they got him into office. With the elections round the corner, most politicians are seeking ways of beefing up their war chest before the contest commences.  No easier way has been discovered to bring in money than political appointments.

Instead of sacking Ministers, some of them should be redeployed. Others, if they fail to resign, should be persuaded to do so. There is so much to do to get the country working that there are no further room for distractions, which is what sacking Ministers, in the manner some want, would produce.

Majority of Nigerians want what would serve them, not the interest of those who have milked Nigeria over the years and still believe  it is their ordained role to continue in that way.


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