The Dean, Faculty of Environmental Science, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Professor Nasiru M. Idris, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure only competent and qualified personnel make the list of his ministers.
“He should assign portfolios to those ministers with credentials that relate to their area of specialization so that they can be relevant and be able to produce results beyond expectation of an average Nigerians,” he said.
Prof Idris who stated this in letter to the President tagged “Towards a Positive Change in Nigeria” asked the president not to delay the appointment of ministers this time. He said he hoped the president has learnt from what transpired in the last dispensation where it took him almost six months to form his cabinet.
“By doing so, this will not allow him to hit the ground running as he will be without his lieutenants,” he said. He also noted that Federal Ministries of Environment, Niger Delta and Solid Minerals do not require State Ministers but should have one minister while Ministries like Internal Affairs, Education and Defence should have a State Minister in order to perform at optimal level and provide administrative leadership.
“Ministers in the federal cabinet should have equal rights and roles as they are representing their states as stipulated in the Nigerian constitution. “Therefore, no more further conflict between state minister and his senior counterpart as we have seen during the last dispensation,” he said.
While noting that Climate change issue is a global problem that requires international attention, he urged the President to pay more attention to the Federal Ministry of Environment by appointing not only qualified and professional person as a minister but also someone that has international reputation and experience in the field of environment.