About 10 ministers in the federal cabinet may likely be affected and dropped with President Buhari’s latest cabinet reshuffle next year.
In the spirit of the recent rapprochement reached between the Senate leadership and the presidency, President Buhari has informed the Senate of his intention to carry out a cabinet reshuffle and has given the Senate the heads up on the imminent sack of some ministers and their replacement with new while some would be asked to swap portfolios.
Sources reveal that the Ministers that would soon leave the cabinet are to cut across the geopolitical zones, an indication that the new names soon to make their ways into the senate will also come from the different zones. Also, two factors were being joggled to come to a conclusion on who should go or remain in the cabinet.
Already, two vacancies are existing in the ministerial portfolio, following the death of Barrister James Ocholi, the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment in March and the exit last week of the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed.
The Environment Minister is leaving the present administration to take up the post of Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Sources 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.
Sources close to the Presidency and the National Assembly reveal that the Presidency was wary of a continuation of recent bashing from the Senate, a situation that had seen a number of nominees dropped during confirmation.
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.
Consequently, the Presidency and the Senate have been rubbing minds together and have both resolved to work for the interest of the nation.
Meanwhile, Thisday reports that President Buhari may have begun to quietly shop for a replacement for the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, who is currently facing corruption allegations.
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