Honourable Edward Pwajok, a member of the House of Representatives from Jos EastJos South Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint nothing less than 37 ministers.
Pwajok, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said Buhari can appoint more than 37 ministers as allowed by the 1999 constitution but he is not permitted to appoint less.
The lawmaker made this known while speaking to newsmen in Jos, Daily Trust reports.
Pwajok said: “Though Mr. President has not sent his nominees to the Senate for confirmation as ministers, there are speculations in the media that he intends to appoint less than 36 or 37 ministers because of the downturn in the economy.”
According to him, the president would be breaching the Nigeria’s constitution if he should skip any of the 36 states or the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the appointment of his ministers.
“The spirit in the constitution is what we should look at, which is to engender unity and a sense of belonging to all the federating units and to choose capable hands, which abound in every state of the country. Each part of this country has people who have served and will continue to serve this country meritoriously. So, Mr. President should extend his searchlight widely and go to every state and choose the best hands, male or female, young or old that will help him in governing this country,” Pwajok said.
He explained that if Buhari feels he has to reduce the number of ministers because of the economy, the constitution had to be amended first as the whole idea of appointing ministers was to make every state feel a presence at the centre.
There’s been so much anxiety over Buhari’s ministerial appointments. While the president is yet to name those that will make up his cabinet, some lists of ministers have been circulating on various media.
The president in a recent interview wondered why here was so much anxiety over who he appoints, saying he was in no hurry to nominate ministers.
Reacting to Buhari’s comment, some Nigerians explained why they are anxious over who makes the ministerial list.
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