No Retinue Of Aides, Large Convoys For Buhari’s Ministers – Ngige

chris_ngige1There will be no retinue of aides, protocol staff and large convoys for incoming ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, a minister-designate, Dr. Chris Ngige, has disclosed.

Ngige, a former Anambra State governor, disclosed this to State House correspondents Friday at the conclusion of a two-day ministerial retreat organised by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

The theme of the retreat was “Delivering Change: From Precepts to Practice” and held at the Old Banquet Hall of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Buhari had, while declaring the retreat open on Thursday, told the 36 ministers-designate that his administration would make the running of government as lean as possible by avoiding waste and conserving resources.

“You (ministers-designate) are coming on board the ship of governance at an interesting time. So much has been said about the state of our economy. It is expected that we make the running of government at all levels as lean as possible, avoid waste and conserve resources. As ministers, you must be the vehicle that will administer the change”, he said.

Fielding questions from reporters yesterday, Ngige, the minister-designate from Anambra State, corroborated the president’s position that the economy was lean and that leakages were going to be blocked.

He specifically said that there would be no retinue of aides and protocol staff as well as large convoys for the incoming ministers.

“Yes, lean economy because we are going to block areas of leakages. Retinue of aides, protocol staff, large convoys of cars are things that will not fly in this administration”, he said.

Ngige also concurred with the plan that not all ministers would have a portfolio in the administration of President Buhari.

According to him, it is one single cabinet and all ministers have a right to discuss issues around ministries.

“No, no, no. If you have portfolio, if you don’t have portfolio, it is one single federal executive council. You bring whatever it is on the table. That is not a problem at all. We have a right to discuss things around the ministries because it is one single cabinet.

“The important thing is that we want to move our people from where they are now, they are in abject poverty which concerns about 75 percent of the populace. So, we need to actually restructure the political and social moment of the country, and that is what we are going to do. That means poverty will reduce”, Ngige said.

The two-day ministerial retreat was held behind closed-doors and it ended with no communique issued.