The Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA), Lagos State chapter, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to assign portfolios to ministerial nominees based on competence.
Concise News understands that Chairman of the party, Olumide Oguntoyinbo, made the call on Friday in an interview with NAN in Lagos State.
He said that ministers would perform better if given portfolios in areas where they had competence and experience.
Oguntoyinbo advised the President to put ”round pegs in round holes”, saying that doing so will enable the appointees to deliver on their responsibilities.
”We urge the president to assign portfolios to ministerial nominees immediately after all screening by the Senate,” he told NAN.
”This will help to fasten the wheel of governance and facilitate the realization of budgetary goals.
”In assigning portfolios, the president should consider the competence and experience of would-be ministers and ensure that assigned responsibilities match their expertise and passion.
”Someone with expertise in agriculture should be put in that ministry while a nominee knowledgeable in military affairs should be appointed as minister of defense.
”Putting round pegs in round holes is the only way the country can get the best of out of the would-be ministers.”
However, Oguntoyinbo remarked that portfolios should have been attached to the nominees presented for screening, adding that it would help the senate to better assess the nominees with relevant questions.
He commended the senate for the screening but said that there was still room for improvement.
He decried the low number of women ministerial nominees and said that it was not fair.
According to the party chairman, seven female nominees is a far cry from the 35 percent Affirmative Action.
He said there were many capable women and young people in the country, adding that the president should have increased their representation substantially.
He, therefore, urged the president to appoint more women and young people as Special Advisers and Special Assistants to correct the imbalance.
Oguntoyinbo called on Nigerians to protect the unity of the country jealously and shun acts that could undermine it.
He described the security situation in the country as “precarious” and urged the government to do more to check threats to lives and property.