Ajuri Ngelale, special adviser to President Bola Tinubu on
media and publicity, says his principal would not hesitate to sack any member
of his cabinet over incompetence.
On August 21, the president inaugurated his cabinet of 45
ministers and charged them to deliver on his “renewed hope” agenda.
Speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme,
on Monday, Ngelale said the president has benchmarks with timelines for the
He said failure to achieve set goals may earn anyone the
“President Bola Tinubu is someone who has the results. He
says ‘these are your benchmarks, I know what I want you to achieve, I’m not
expecting you to just come up with some plan when you get there. I’m telling
you the time frame within which I expect you to achieve’,” he said.
“And if you don’t, there are consequences. He’s ready to
fire a minister at the drop of a dime if he is not getting what he wants.
Justifying the number of ministers appointed, Ngelale said
the president places a premium on specialisation for enhanced performance.
“In his view, there
was an urgent need for hands-on specialisation in the federal government,” he
“Based on the level of the deficit, if we can enhance
specialisation and ensure that we slim it down, get housing into the hands of
Musa Dangiwa, whose experience reforming the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria
suits well to the reform of the housing sector. That’s all he has to face.
“He doesn’t need to worry about power or works.
“The president said if I am going to put a minister in place
who has a sole focus, there is no excuse for failure.
“And at that point,
you can now say we can hold them accountable.”
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