by Stanley Azuakola
As part of its Democracy Day countdown, Thisday newspapers did a special report today which scored the performance of ministers serving in the Jonathan cabinet.
Abba Moro, the Minister of Interior was given 1 star for non-performance (no surprises there), Power Minister Bart Nnaji was given 2 stars as an underperformer (no surprises there), and Minister of Information Labaran Maku was given 3 stars as an average performer (no comments there).
But the shocker of shockers in the report was the four stars given to Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke as a performer “reforming the troubled oil and gas sector.”
According to the report, “After a slow start, it is to her credit that several enlightenment programmes were put in place to sensitise the nation on the economic imperatives of the removal of fuel subsidy.” The minister was praised for responding promptly to public criticism of her stewardship and the mismanagement of the sector by setting up committees headed by respected individuals. Her effort to “sanitise the oil importation regime” was also recognised in the report.
Her answer to widespread corruption allegations under her watch was to set up committees, and for that she gets an A.
Other top performers according to the report include the Minister of Agriculture (the only 5-star performer), Minister of Finance, Minister of Aviation, FCT Minister, Sports Minister (former Youth Minister) Bolaji Abdullahi, Trade and Investment Minister, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Mohammed Musa Sada, the Mines and Steels Minister and Abba Moro, the Minister of Interior, were rated as the worst performers (non-performers.)
Do you agree with the Thisday rating? Which ministers would you have rather rated as performers, average performers, underperformers or non-performers?