By Muhammed Gado/Abuja
Newly sworn-in ministers may need to hit the ground running in delivering their set mandates if they are to avoid a quick sack by President Bola Tinubu.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngalele who spoke on Monday in a television interview said the president won’t hesitate to sack any minister over incompetence.
Ngalele said the president has benchmarks with specific timelines for the minister and failure to meet the set goals may earn anyone the sack.
“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’,” Ngalele 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. Absolutely.”
Ngalele said the president went for the best hands as there was need for specialization in the federal cabinet to deliver on the renewed hope agenda of the president.
Ngalele: “In his view, there was an urgent need for hands-on specialisation in the federal government. 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.”