Monday, 14 August 2017

Assign portfolios to newly appointed ministers - Reps tell Osinbajo as PDP says he's a mere figurehead, not in control

Some members of the House of Representatives have called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to assign portfolios to newly sworn-in ministers.
A lawmaker from Lagos State, James Faleke said the ministers were appointed on basis that there were vacancies in the Federal Executive Council.

He said the ministers were idle, stating that such should not be the case.

Faleke added, “I don’t think that this is the way things should be.

“The 1999 Constitution is specific on the issue of representation of each state in FEC. Kogi and Gombe states were left out for a long time.

“Now that the ministers have been appointed and the Acting President has inaugurated them, they should be given portfolios.

“They were not idle before they were appointed ministers; they were doing something. But, now they are left hanging.

“We urge the Acting President to hasten the allocation of portfolios to these ministers.”

Another member, Karimi Sunday said Acting President had told Nigerians that the ministers will be assigned portfolios “shortly”.

He said, “It s surprising what is happening these days. It will appear that this government is confused.

“It took months after Ocheni and Hassan were cleared by the Senate for them to be inaugurated.

“There was even a resolution by the House of Representatives for the Acting President to inaugurate the ministers.

“What the Presidency has done is partial compliance with the resolution of the House.

“So long as the ministers have no portfolios, it is still a case of saying no ministers. Nothing really has changed from the situation we had before their inauguration.

“The Acting President knows the right thing to do and he should do it.

“Let him not forget that Nigerians will remember that it was during his time as Acting President that two ministers existed, who had no portfolios.”

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the Acting President as a “mere figurehead” who is not in charge of the country.

Spokesperson for the party, Dayo Adeyeye told Punch that Osinbajo was not in control, contrary to claims that President Buhari handed over to him before leaving Nigeria.

Adeyeye wondered why the Acting President was yet to assign portfolios to newly appointed ministers.

He said, “The Acting President is not in charge of the country. He is not in charge of anything. This is why nothing is moving forward.

“How do you explain a situation where two of the ministers who were sworn in after much pressure from the people and the National Assembly have not been assigned portfolios?

“He is not in charge. He is a mere figurehead and cannot do anything. The cabals are still in charge. That is why nothing is moving forward in this country.

“The two ministers are just idle. They have no offices, nowhere to resume to and nothing to do. What is the essence of their being sworn in then? They are ministers without portfolios.

“It is a constitutional breach on the side of the government because each state ought to have a minister each. Now, these two states had been without ministers for long and after you reluctantly appointed them, you refused to give them offices. “

He added that the All Progressives Congress won the 2015 election by error.

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