PremiumTimes – The delay by President Muhammadu Buhari to make key appointments more than three weeks after assumption of office is taking a serious toll on government businesses, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report.
Apart from naming one protocol official: Lawal Kazaure (State Chief of Protocol and three media aides: Femi Adesina (Special Adviser, Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu (Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity), and Laolu Akande (Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo), Mr. Buhari is yet to make any other key appointment.
Although the President was elected about three months ago and should have long decided on key appointees, he claims he is bidding his time to avoid making mistakes.
However, his delay in filling important government positions, especially the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, is now hurting the smooth running of government businesses, top officials say.
PREMIUM TIMES investigations revealed that the day to day operations of the different ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) have been weakened, while coordination of important government policies and programmes has become a mess.
“The country can ill-afford further delay by the President to make these vital appointments,” a federal permanent secretary said on Wednesday. “From the presidency to the ministries, departments and agencies, everything has come to virtual standstill.”
The official, who wished to remain anonymous, as he was not authorised to speak on the issue, said although the President has since received approval from the Senate to appoint 15 persons as special advisers, he has only appointed two, and has yet to send his ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation.