Posted By: Boladale Bamigbola
President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to make full use the opportunity of having many professionals among the ministersdesignate, by not considering primordial sentiments of ethnicity and religion while assigning portfolios to them.
Speaking to newsmen in Osogbo yesterday, a public affairs analyst, Mr. Oluwafemi Oluwaseun, said profession, experience and performance in previous assignments should form the basis on which portfolios would be assigned to ministers-designate.
He added that giving portfolios to the ministers based on their performances in their chosen career would lend credence to the change mantra and make the task of national development easier for the president.
Oluwaseun said: “We need capable hands to handle security, education, power. We need to diversify the economy to agriculture and solid minerals and ensuring the petroleum ministry performs efficiently devoid of corruption.
“Agriculture used to be the backbone for our nation with cocoa in the south west, groundnut and cotton from the north and palm oil vegetation in the eastern part of the country giving the country her revenue.
“We have arable of land suitable for farming. We must all go back to farming.
“If the president wants to choose minister for agriculture and water resources, I advice him to look in the direction of Audu Ogbe based on his e
xperience as a seasoned farmer, administrator and policy driver to neighboring countries like Togo and Cameroon.” According to him, the presentation of the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Isaac Adewole, revealed the decay in the education sector.
“The colossal decadence in infrastructure in tertiary institutions, lack of motivation and non-funding of the education sector with researched data from both local and international agencies, showed that Nigerian education is in shambles and consequent upon this, an educationist like Prof. Adewole should be put in charge of Ministry of Education,” Oluwaseun said.
He said former Lagos State governor, Mr. Raji Fashola should be drafted to the Ministry of Power, while Mr. James Ocholi, SAN, should be put in charge of Ministry of Justice.
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