President Muhammadu Buhari says he feels pity for minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, for having the responsibility of explaining government’s actions or inaction to Nigerians.
The president described his ministers as hardworking, saying they toil day and night to ensure that his administration succeeds.
Hear him; ”One of the men I pity is Lai Mohammed. Everyday he is on TV explaining our performance or lack of it.”
The President disclosed this on Monday when he hosted state house correspondents at the presidential villa in Abuja.
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Buhari said he and his cabinet members have been doing their best to deliver the change which the All Progressives Congress (APC) promised Nigerians during the electioneering campaign.
According to him, the ministers sit down day and night to work. Some of them have literarily lost weight because they were sleeping less and eating less (while working on the budget). They were working on every kobo to be spent.
Buhari defined his administration’s change as identified in three major items, security, economy and corruption.
Speaking on why he reduced the number of ministries from 42 to 24, he mentioned that they found out that government could not continue with 42 ministers and the paraphernalia of office so it was cut down to 24.
Some of the permanent secretaries were disengaged because of lack of commitment.
“Most of the permanent secretaries were sent out because it was time for some of them to go and for others for one thing or the other. Because were not part of those 16 years this is where we found ourselves and this is no joke.
“We had to cut down half the number of permanent secretaries and then do some cross postings. The permanent secretaries that were there for the past five, seven, 15 years the only thing that they know is how things were done in the previous years. Whatever we did in the campaign, in fact we were saying rubbish and that made it very difficult for us.
“Things were even more difficult during the budget which you all know about. For somebody like me, for the first time I heard what is called padding.
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Buhari however expressed hope that there is a possibility of the economy recovering in the last quarter of the year.