Minister-designate, Senator Chris Ngige, says it won’t matter if himself or any of his colleagues, aren’t given a portfolio by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ngige, former governor of Anambra, said that the most important thing is that all the ministers will be part of the President’s cabinet and get to contribute, regardless of portfolios.
He also revealed that the traditional excesses of ministers would be checked, as Ministers won’t have large convoys of cars and several aides, as was previously obtainable.
Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of a two-day presidential retreat organised for ministers-designate, Ngige said the President’s new cabinet is determined to operate a lean economy.
“I don’t think that I have not benefited in a way that will equip me to face the challenges of being a minister now. It is a lean economy in the sense that we are going to block areas of leakages; there are a lot of leakages.
Yes, lean economy because we are going to block areas of leakages, retinue of aides, protocol staff, large convoys of cars are things that will not fly in this administration. It is a ‘change’ administration.”
“Whether you have portfolios or don’t have portfolios, it is one single Federal Executive Council. You bring whatever it is (you have) to the table. That is not a problem at all.
“We have the right to discuss things around the ministries because it is one single cabinet. The important thing is that we want to move our people from where they are now; they are in abject poverty, a situation that affects about 75 per cent of the populace.
“So, we need to actually restructure the political and social moment of the country and that is what we are going to do. That means poverty will reduce.”