PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari is poised to undertake a major cabinet reshuffle in the new year involving the dropping of as many as 10 ministers in an attempt to reinvigorate his government and breath now life into it.
Already, two vacancies exist in the cabinet following the death of Barrister James Ocholi, the minister of state for labour and employment in March and the exit last week of environment minister Hadjia Amina Mohammed. Hadjia Mohammed is leaving to take up the post of deputy secretary general of the United Nations.
It is believed that the decision to reshuffle the cabinet is coming on the heels of indication that the presidency has tapped leaders of the Senate to secure prompt and less rancorous screening process. Sources close to the presidency and the National Assembly said that President Buhari was wary of a continuation of recent bashing from the Senate, a situation that had seen a number of nominees dropped during confirmation.
Sources also said that the administration has been inundated with reports that some ministers are wrongly placed when the appointments were made in 2015 while some others have been said to have shown a lack of capacity in the areas of operation. According to the source, the ministers that will soon leave the cabinet are to cut across the geopolitical zones.
In recent weeks, some of the decisions of the senate were said to have taken the presidency by surprise, a situation that was said to have forced the rapprochement. Just last week, the senate refused to ratify the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu who was nominated for confirmation as substantive chairman.
Senators had also taken some tough decisions including the earlier rejection of non-career ambassadorial list. Also, some nominees into the Board of National Communications Commission and the Medium Term Expenditure Framework were rejected, which the senate initially described as empty and unrealistic.