Latest Reports coming out of Aso rock villa reveals that President Muhammadu Buhari will swear in the New minister appointed and give them their various portfolios on August 21st, we could recollect that the nominated ministers were last week screened by the senate in what happens to be a marathon exercise which took the senators a week to conclude because of the large number of the ministers.
A statement by the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babatunde Lawal, on Tuesday indicated that the inauguration would hold at the Federal Executive Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, by 11 am.
The statement confirmed SATURDAY PUNCH’s exclusive story of August 3, 2019, which indicated that the President may inaugurate the ministers designate on August 21 and reschedule the ministerial retreat earlier slated for August 15 and 16 to August 19 and 20.
Lawal, in the Tuesday statement, confirmed that induction retreat for the ministers designate would precede the swearing-in on August 19 and 20, at the State House Conference Centre, Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The statement said, “The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, invites all ministers designate, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, federal permanent secretaries and top government functionaries (specifically invited) to a two-day induction retreat to be presided over by His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the retreat earlier publicised.”
The SGF added that the retreat was packaged to acquaint the appointees with the roadmap for the delivery of government policies among others.
It said, “The objectives of the retreat are to build a strong platform for synergy and teamwork, sensitise appointees on the status of the implementation of policies, programmes and projects of government from 2015-date, acquaint the appointees with the roadmap for delivery of government’s priorities and next level agenda (2019-2023) and to deepen the understanding of participants on best practices in conducting government business.”