The Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project and the Centre for Anti-Corruption (SERAP) and Open Leadership (OL) have faulted the ministerial-nominees’ list sent to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The president on Tuesday sent a letter to the upper chamber f the National Assembly which contains the names of the nominees.
The Senate has so far screened about 24 appointees and it will continue tomorrow.
The two human right groups said non-attachment of the portfolios to their names would make their screening inadequate by the Senate.
According to SERAP Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, the issue of attachment of portfolios was also brought up in 2015, adding that the absence of portfolios would not ensure thorough screening of the nominees.
“Let us see the portfolios which will be attached to each of the nominees eventually. I would have loved the portfolios to be attached to each of them go with the names to the National Assembly. This is so that competency in the fields can be tested. That is a fair way to assess the cabinet members.,” he told Punch.
In the same vein, the CACOL Director, Debo Adeniran, said it was doubtful if the President assessed the performance of some of the former ministers he brought back, adding that if he did, he would never have reappointed them.
Tope Fasua, the Presidential candidate of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, said, “Buhari has just shot himself in the foot with the anti-corruption rhetoric.
He noted that more than half of the team could never actually take the nation forward but are good for political considerations.”
Also, Chairperson of the Transition Monitoring Group, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, said the list is a total disappointment.
“It is full of former governors and mostly old people. One would have expected that the President would shop for more people with more expertise that can assuage the fears of the people of a bleak future. The capacity for them to push the agenda for development for Nigeria is very much doubted.”