Lanre Issa-Onilu, a former National Director of Publicity for the All Progressives Congress (APC), has shed light on the delay in the inauguration of recently confirmed ministers by the Senate. He disclosed that President Bola Tinubu is strategically reevaluating the existing ministerial structure before formally establishing his cabinet.
During an appearance on the Channels Television program Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, Issa-Onilu emphasized the need to establish a robust foundation for the incoming cabinet’s performance. He remarked, “What we should ask is we need to ensure that we lay a solid foundation even for the cabinet to come in and take off.”
Issa-Onilu continued by highlighting Tinubu’s background as a technocrat and his emphasis on a clear job description for each minister. He indicated that the official inauguration of ministers would take place on Monday, underlining that President Tinubu’s approach involves a careful review of the ministry framework and functionality.
“This is a new government, and Asiwaju is a technocrat, and if you bring someone to work with you, you must have a job description for the person.
“On Monday, they are going to be inaugurated. We have ministries; the president may have his ideas on how the ministries should work.
“He may want to tinker with the existing structure, and he needs to prepare the bed before asking someone to come and lay on it.
“The bottom line is that there will be this exercise on Monday.”
On August 7, the Senate granted confirmation to 45 out of the 48 ministerial nominees submitted. However, the nominations of Nasir el-Rufai, former governor of Kaduna; Stella Okotete from Delta; and Danladi Abubakar from Taraba were deferred due to pending security clearance.