The Ahmed Joda-led Transition Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has asked Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, to keep the number of federal ministries at 19, nine less than the proposed 28.
The Cable also reported that the advisory committee recommended that Buhari should have only 19 senior ministers and 17 ministers of state, bringing the total to 36 in fulfillment of the constitutional requirement of one minister per state.
Previous governments, starting from 1999, appointed 42 ministers — picking one from each of the six geo-political zones in addition to one from each of the 36 states of the federation.
The immediate past president maintained 28 senior ministers and 14 ministers of state, three of the ministries were directly under presidency.
The Joda transition committee submitted its report to Buhari on June 11, but the details, which the president is expected to evaluate before taking his initial key steps, are yet to be made public.