President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that some of the screened ministerial nominees would not have portfolios.
According to him, although the constitution stipulates 36 ministers, the available ministries are not up to the number.
The president said this on Tuesday, during the presentation of the list of confirmed nominees by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki at the presidential villa in Abuja.
Buhari had while in India for the India Africa Forum Summit 2015 in New Delhi, said: “We can not work outside constitution there must be a cabinet representative from each state.
“There used to be forty two minister but I think we can barely keep half of that now because we cannot afford it.
“Other may not be substantive ministers but they will seat in the cabinet because that is what the constitution said and we can’t operate outside the constitution
“We are reducing the number of ministries we can’t afford to pay,” he said in an interview with Channels TV and Nigerian Television Authority.