The names of 22 ministers are still missing from the Federal Government website about two months after 43 candidates were inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
KanyiDaily recalls that on August 21, 2019, Buhari inaugurated 43 ministers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, and assigned portfolios to them.
However, a check on the website of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on Monday, November 11, 2019, showed that out of the 43 ministers, only 37 (designations) were listed, leaving out six.
The six left out are either new ministries created by Buhari or the ones carved out from the existing ones. Out of the 37 designations listed, only 21 names were supplied.
The remaining 16 slots were either left vacant or the inscription, “Minister has not been appointed,” written against them despite the fact that ministers had been assigned portfolios and had since resumed work.
Spokesman for the Pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, described the development as “a manifestation of the level of incompetence in the system.”
He said it was the combination of such “little things” that led to national failure. Odumakin said:
“That the names of 22 ministers are still missing from government website about two months after they were inaugurated alongside their colleagues is a manifestation of the level of incompetence in the system which we always talk about.
“The truth is that nobody is paying attention to all these details that matter.
“Their priorities are quite different from those of other well-meaning Nigerians.
“Clearly, this is a reflection of the kind of analogue people driving the system.
“The combination of such little things results in our national failure as a country. It is unfortunate.”
Also, the Executive Director, Security Legislative Advocacy Centre and Head of Transparency International (Nigeria), Auwal Rafsanjani, condemned the development.
Rafsanjani said, “This further confirms that there are a lot of challenges in governance in Nigeria.
“Ministers were nominated, screened by the National Assembly, inaugurated by the President, who assigned portfolios to them and months after, the government’s website is indicating a different thing. It is sad.”
He added, “Government must have a functional website to communicate to Nigerians. Such website should be updated regularly and constantly.