In an attempt to make good the promise he made to the chieftains and loyalists of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari is considering a proposal to restructure some of the ministries, appoint eight new ministers and reshuffle his cabinet.
This Day reports that the move by the President to appoint the eight new ministers – strictly politicians – is to accommodate the yearnings of his party members, including its national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and at the same time position APC for the 2019 general elections.
Presidency sources privy to the proposal informed the news outfit on Monday that in order to accommodate the eight new appointees to the cabinet, the plan is to get the president to split the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing into three ministries that will be manned by full ministers, and hived off the aviation and marine transport units from the Ministry of Transportation.
One minister will man Aviation and another may lead Marine Transportation.
A presidency source who spoke on the issue said the proposal that has been sent to the president provides for the appointment of eight new ministers, one representing each of the six geopolitical zones in the country and one from Lagos (who may be a nominee of Tinubu) and Kano State (who may be a nominee of Rabiu Kwankwaso).
According to the source, all the new appointments will be done with the consultation of state governors.
“The proposal has been put together and sent to Mr. President for his final approval. It remains tentative for now, but if it meets the approval of the president, the announcement will be made public before the end of the month and the names of the nominees will be sent to the Senate for confirmation,” the source added.