Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila on Thursday explained that they will be screened to determine the best ministry for each candidate.
Gbajabiamila said that while having predetermined roles for ministers might seem like a good idea, it could cause problems if the President wants to change his choices later. He believes the nominees are highly qualified for the positions.
The list includes both technocrats and politicians to create a balanced government. The President might also reorganize or create new ministries.
Gbajabiamila made these comments after submitting the list of ministerial nominees to the Senate. When asked why portfolios were not attached to the names, he explained that it allows the President flexibility in making final decisions based on the screening process.
He emphasized that the government is not complete until the cabinet is in place. The President carefully selected the nominees, and they represent a mix of political expertise and technical knowledge, aligning with the President’s vision for the country.
The process is ongoing, and the nominees might start working behind the scenes before formal confirmation.
Work is expected to begin earnestly once they are confirmed, and the Senate is expected to be thorough but efficient in the confirmation process.
“I like the idea of attaching portfolios, I actually do, because it makes it necessary for the Senate to know exactly what you’re asking and what you’re looking for.
“But for now, it’s been thought wise that we stick to the tradition of sending the names..”, Gbajabiamila said.