President Muhammadu Buhari will today dissolve his four-year-old cabinet to enable him prepare a new team for his second term.
All the ministers and some aides will be affected by the exercise, but there are indications that some of the appointees the president adjudged to have performed well would be retained in the incoming Federal Executive Council (FEC).
It was learnt last night that Buhari would use the remaining days before the May 29, 2019 inauguration to scrutinise the credentials of those that have been tipped for the new cabinet.
Prior to the expected dissolution of the cabinet today, Buhari had asked for a comprehensive “status reports on policies, programmes and projects” from the ministers on their respective ministries, departments and agencies.
His media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, had in a statement he issued a month ago, said that the president had given the ministers April 24 as deadline for the submission of their reports to the Presidential Audit Committee in the office of the Vice President.
A circular to the effect was issued by the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, who requested the FEC members to “ensure that all outstanding memoranda they intend to present to the Council are submitted to the Cabinet Affairs Office, Office of the SGF, not later than Tuesday, April 30, 2019.”
The minister of information, Lai Mohammad, later told State House correspondents after FEC meeting which was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja that the president would hold a valedictory session with the cabinet members on May 22.
StateReporter News had reported last Sunday that the outgoing ministers were lobbying the president to retain them in his new administration.
Mohammed stated that as directed by President Buhari, the ministers were already preparing their handover notes which they would submit to the permanent secretaries in their respective ministries before the administration wind down completely.
“We will be having a valedictory session on 22nd May. The cabinet remains intact,” he had said.