President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Minister of Power, Engr. Saleh Mamman, and has redeployed the Minister of State for Works, Abubakar Aliyu, as substantive Minister of Power. The President took the decision while presiding over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on August 18, 2021.
Recall that Engr Saleh, an electrical/electronics engineer, was appointed as the Minister of Power in August 2019, by President Buhari, after the Power Ministry was removed from the supervision of the then former Minister, power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, announced this on Wednesday in Abuja after the Federal Executive Council meeting.
The President said the changes were sequel to the “tradition of subjecting our projects and programs implementation to independent and critical self-review” through sector reporting during Cabinet meetings and at retreats.
He added that “these significant review steps have helped to identify and strengthen weak areas, close gaps, build cohesion and synergy in governance, manage the economy and improve the delivery of public good to Nigerians.”
“Two years and some months into the second term, the tradition of subjecting our projects and programs implementation to independent and critical self-review has taken firm roots through sector Reporting during Cabinet meetings and at Retreats.
” These significant review steps have helped to identify and strengthen weak areas, close gaps, build cohesion and synergy in governance, manage the economy and improve the delivery of public good to Nigerians.
“I must commend this cabinet for demonstrating unparalleled resilience that helped the government to navigate the disruption to global systems and governance occasioned by the emergence of COVID-19 shortly after inauguration. The weekly Federal Executive Council meetings was not spared because the traditional mode was altered,” he concluded.
“As we are all aware, change is the only factor that is constant in every human endeavour and as this administration approaches its critical phase in the second term, I have found it essential to reinvigorate this cabinet in a manner that will deepen its capacity to consolidate legacy achievements.
President Buhari commended Engr.Saleh and other departing members for their contributions to discussions in cabinet and the invaluable services rendered to the nation. He wished them the best in their future endeavours.