Professor Nasiru M. Idris, the Dean, Faculty of Environmental Science, Nasarawa State University, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure only competent and qualified personnel make the list of his ministers.
He advised the president to assign portfolios to those ministers with credentials that relate to their area of specialization in order for them to be relevant and be able to produce results beyond the expectation of an average Nigerians.
In a letter written to the President tagged “Towards a Positive Change in Nigeria”, the don also urged president Buhari not to delay the appointment of ministers this time., adding that he hoped he has learnt from what transpired in the last dispensation where it took him almost six months to form his cabinet.
He pointed that by making his appointments early, the president will hit the ground running as he will be without his lieutenants.
He also advised the president that ministries like Environment, Niger Delta and Solid Minerals do not require State Ministers but should have one minister while Ministries like Internal Affairs, Education and Defence should have a State Minister in order to perform at optimal level and provide administrative leadership.
He also stated that the ministers in the federal cabinet should have equal rights and roles as they are representing their states as stipulated in the Nigerian constitution.
“Therefore, no further conflict between state minister and his senior counterpart as we have seen during the last dispensation,” he said.
The environmentalist which noted that Climate change issue is a global problem that requires international attention urged the President to pay more attention to the Federal Ministry of Environment by appointing not only qualified and professional person as a minister but also someone that has international reputation and experience in the field of environment.