ANALYSIS: Performance of Buhari’s ministers after one year in office (Part 2)

A cross-section of Ministers at the Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Presidential Villa
A cross-section of Ministers at the Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Presidential Villa

In this second part, Festus Owete continues the review of the performance of Nigeria’s ministers, a year after they were appointed.

The first part reviewed the performance of handlers of five ministries.

The ministers were appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 11, 2015.

6) Ministry: Transportation

Minister: Chibuike Amaechi

Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi
Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi

State Minister (Aviation): Hadi Sirika

Promises: To complete all rail projects, including the Lagos-Ibadan, Port Harcourt-Calabar, Abuja-Kaduna, Lagos-Kano, Lagos-Calabar, Warri-Ajaokuta-Obaro-Abuja Rail projects and extend rail lines to all parts of the country.

-To encourage dry ports. To implement contingency plans for many of the country’s airports beginning with those of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano. To concession the airports to improve safety and capacity.

-Provide efficient inland waterways.

Achievements:

-Completed the $1.457 billion Abuja-Kaduna Rail line conceived by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration with tracks were laid by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

-Prepared and forwarded Bills of National Transport Commission and Nigerian Railway Corporation to the National Assembly to enhance regulation and further opening opportunities for private sector investment into critical transport infrastructure.

-Near completion of the international terminal at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu began by the Jonathan administration.

– Nigeria, as a member of the International Martime Organisation (IMO) submitted herself to the IMO’s voluntary audit.

-Initiated moves for establishment of a new national shipping line through a Public Private Partnership arrangement.

-Establishment of inland ports. Inaugurated the Bakassi Deep Sea Port steering and delivery committee. Plans for the construction of Deep Sea Ports in Lekki and Badagry have begun following FEC’s approval of the projects.

Failures:

-The transport sector still contributes a meagre 1.41 per cent to the Gross National Product.

-Scrapping of the Maritime University project on the ground that the previous administration paid too much to acquire a land for the institution.

-The nation’s airports are still in pitiable condition, a situation admitted by the minister of state recently. The decrepit facilities at most of the airports affect the low passenger traffic.

-Nigeria’s airports still host only 15 million passengers compared to counterparts abroad.

-Increasing cases of delayed flights. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said that domestic airlines operating in the country recorded 7, 722 cases of delayed flights in the third quarter of 2016. It had said the airlines recorded 16,353 cases between January and June.

Score: Average

7) Ministry: Education:

Minister: Adamu Adamu

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

State Minister: Anthony Onwuka

Promises: To address the out-of-school children phenomenon, strengthen basic and secondary school education, capacity building and professional development for teacher education, quality and access in higher education.

Others are providing e-learning, technical and vocational education and training, education data and planning and adult literacy ad special needs education.

Achievements:

-Presented a roadmap for radical change in the education sector between 2016 and 2019.

-Commenced process for the abolition of dichotomy between the Higher National Diploma (HND) and university degree.

-Modification of the United Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for candidates seeking admission into the higher institutions of learning.

-Approval of eight new private universities.

Failures:

-Nigeria’s literacy level has not reduced. The nation currently has 65 million illiterates, according to UNESCO.

-Funding of education: Only eight per cent was allocated to the education sector in 2016 against the stipulated 26 per cent proposed by the UNESCO.

-About 11 million school age Nigerian children are out of school, making the country the highest in the world.

-There is still proliferation of unregulated private schools.

–Decline in teaching profession. Over 40 per cent of Nigerian teachers are not qualified as they do not possess the prescribed minimum qualifications (NCE) for teaching.

-Unabated decline in quality of education.

-Labour disputes still thrive in the system.

Score: Below Average

8) Ministry: Defence

Minister: Mansur Mohammed Dan-Ali

dan-ali

Promises: Better welfare for both civilian staff and military officers; accountability and due process in procurement process in the ministry; degrade terrorism by December of 2015; and quelling the activities of oil thieves, pipeline vandals and other social vices.

Achievements:

-Significant degradation of terrorist activities in the north-east in line with the marching order by President Muhammadu Buhari to end terrorism by December 2015.

-Release of 21 of the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

-Commuting of the death sentence passed on 66 soldiers to 10 years imprisonment. The soldiers were court martialed for mutiny and trying to kill their commanding officer in the war on Boko Haram. The Army Council also ordered the release of Brigadier General Enitan Ransome-Kuti who was tried by a special court martial for cowardice while serving as Commander of a Joint Multinational Task Force in Baga, Borno State. He was also demoted to the rank of colonel.

-Compulsory retirement of about 41 army officers for their alleged involvement in the $2.1 billion arms procurement deal and “unprofessional” conduct during the 2015 elections. All the affected officers were in the ranks of major general, brigadier general, colonel, lieutenant colonel and major. Some of them said they were not given fair hearing.

Failures:

-Pockets of bombing by the Boko Haram insurgents still occur despite the significant degradation of the Boko Haram insurgents. In October alone, scores of traders and travellers were killed when the insurgents bombed the Mun Garage in Maiduguri. Also, about nine persons were killed when bombs went off along Maiduguri-Damboa Road close to the IDPs Camp. Scores of soldiers have also been killed while about 83 troops are still missing.

-Allegations of extra-judicial killings by the military continue. There were reports of soldiers killing unarmed pro-Biafra protesters, members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria and civilians in Niger Delta region.

-Controversial reinstatement of Major General Ahmadu Mohammed into the military. Amnesty International had alleged Mr. Mohammed’s involvement in human rights abuses while serving as GOC 7 Division, Maiduguri, Borno State.

-Controversial handling of the allegation against the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, who owns property in Dubai. Rather than investigating the matter as demanded by Nigerians, Mr. Dan-Ali said the allegation was calculated to distract the military from its war against insurgency.

-Controversial compulsory retirement of Mustapha Onoiveta, former ADC to late President Umaru Yar’Adua and Ojogbane Adegbe, former ADC to Goodluck Jonathan, which many alleged was politically-motivated.

-Dismissal of senior army officials without following due process allegedly for vendetta.

-Inability to contain the activities of Niger Delta militant blowing up oil pipelines. Apart from affecting the crude oil production leading to loss of revenue, Nigeria lost a colossal 3000 MW of electricity between April and September to consistent vandalisation and sabotage of the pipelines and assets.

– Majority of the kidnapped Chibok girls yet to be released.

Score: Average

9) Ministry: Health

Minister: Professor Isaac Adewole.

Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole
Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole

State Minister: Osagie Ehanire

Promises:

Women and child health care to be given adequate attention; Teaching hospitals to be equipped; improved provision of deliver health care services from the grassroots level to the federal level; rehabilitate north-east primary health care; build, renovate and revitalize 10,000 primary health care facilities in the 774 local government areas.

Achievements:

-Launched Rapid Result Initiative programme tagged “Better Health for all” to produce quick and visible impact in the lives of Nigerians, especially the vulnerable and the poor.

-Commenced the establishment of 10,000 primary health centres in the nation’s 109 senatorial districts and set up a 19-member committee to eradicate the disease. Released N420 million to each of the 36 states and Abuja to revitalize primary health care centres.

-Moved to establish the National Health Policy which will give up to 100 million Nigerians access to basic and affordable health care services.

-Initiating moves to discourage Nigerians from seeking medical attention abroad.

Failures:

-Fresh outbreak of Lassa fever. Over 80 cases identified since mid-November 2015.

-Two fresh cases of Wild Polio Virus diagnosed barely two years after Nigeria was declared polio-free. This came as the country was billed to be declared polio free in 2017.

-No cancer machine is currently working in Nigeria

-More Nigerians still seek medical treatment abroad. Statistics show that over 5000 Nigerians seek medical treatment abroad annually and spend as much as N250 billion.

-Infant mortality rate still on the rise

Score: Below Average

10) Ministry: Finance

Minister: Kemi Adeosun

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun
Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

Promises: “I promise to make hard work my watchword as a Minister of Finance. I will do my best to bring innovations into the system to improve the economy and do my best in line with the vision of Mr. President to bring a new lease of life to our people without leaving any stone unturned.”

-Reduce cost of governance and strengthen institutions to combat corruption extract inefficiencies in public service.

-Increase government expenditure on infrastructure and fund budget deficit and negative balance cost effectively.

-Pursue aggressive programme of “fiscal housekeeping.”

Achievements:

-Successfully implemented the Treasury Single Accounts conceived by the Jonathan administration. Between June 2015 and April 2016, TSA saved the economy some N3 trillion.

-Discovered about 30,000 ghost workers thus reducing federal government’s wage bill from N165 billion to N142 billion.

— Sets up efficiency unit in the Federal Ministry of Finance to set guidelines and standards to benchmark government expenditure for efficiency and reduction in costs and overheads;

— Saves about N12 billion annually through introduction of price guidelines and shared services policy among MDAs by the Efficiency Unit to increase transparency in the procurement process.

-Early release of capital votes to ministries, departments and agencies of the federal government.

Failures:

– Nigeria’s economy went into recession.

-Untidy 2016 budget process leading to squabbles between the executive and legislature.

-Nigeria proposing to borrow a whopping $29.960 billion in the next three years to fund infrastructure. It will be the biggest borrowing by the country.

Score: Average


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  • IZON Redeemer

    Waste of time and energy reading about these failure called Bingo Buhari Ministers—It is a great shame for any to devote time and space-on these Dan Maria Goje dancers—————-who depend on the initial ideas initiated by——-Jonathan to even walk around their failed ideas–and vision if they even had any——-Sadly most of the Apes in APC are drop-outs from the PDP————who spent close to 17 years with the party before decamping to the CIA controlled Fulani ati Yoruba party of no substance to Nigeria—As I said earlier the only Clean Minister in the government of Buhari–is Jeff Oyeama————————-He is the only Minister without itchy oily fingers—————–The rest are rogues——-crooks who should be roasted alive-together with the Fukani Master Bingo Buhari—at stakes of their rotten old regional thieving conscience—-Animals——————

  • Corruption Watch

    EDITOR SIR,

    A whopping sum of ₦800 billion
    went missing in Lagos state under the rogue governor – RAJI FASHOLA –
    and deemed stolen, as a matter of law, insofar as there is no explanation for the
    whereabouts of the missing funds till today. The EFCC now owes a duty to the law
    to invite the rogue; Raji Fashola, to account for these prima facie facts of thefts.

  • Höly Wähala

    This is definitely no work by a trained socio-political analyst, looks more like a hack job. Anyone who scores Kalamity Kemi “average” is sick in the head. Most of the Ministers are outright failures… not even up to 5 are worth retaining as Cabinet members in this or any government for that matter. This is a very poor job by a journalist, performance ratings should be done by professionals in various fields and the summary of the experts’ views/ratings should be the guide for a passing/failing grade… again, this is a hackjob. President Buhari needs to urgently reshuffle his Cabinet and get some tested hands to help him run Nigeria. Shikena!

    • Romberg

      I am keen to see how PT will rate Almajari ministers and Lie Mohammed. I have seen some very dishonest assessment here. But it is best if we use facts….

      Look at the columnist made into a minister by Buhari. He turned vice chancellors into village headmasters that he transfers from place to place. There is still no research funding in Nigeria. He doesn’t understand anything. Yet he was rated ‘below average’. If we can call a spade a spade, he failed woefully.

      Kalamity Kemi who requested a loan without utilisation blueprint is rated ‘average’. I don’t know how poor someone can be before he or she earns a fail from PT. That is why I am keen see what they’d say about those Almajari ladies….

    • Bigtin

      The most ridiculous assessment I’ve ever seen ….terrible!

  • Dele Awogbeoba

    All the failures ascribed to Adeosun are actually not part of her job description.

    (a) She does not oversee the budget office or macro fiscal policy of the govt so the recession cannot be described as HER failure.

    (b) The Budget is not under her ministry so the chaos from the budgetary process cannot be ascribed to her either.

    (c) the Proposed loan is part of the Fiscal policy direction set by the ministry of Budget. That policy is anchored in massive public spending on infrastructure as a stimulus to the domestic economy.

    (a) is under the shared responsibility of the CBN and the Ministry of Budget, (b) is under the control of the Ministry of Budget and (c) The source of the financing and the cost to the govt of the proposed financing is under the control of Adeosun. If the sources of borrowing are higher than what could be obtained by the FG elsewhere then she would have been rightly called incompetent.

    • arewethishopeless

      I couldn’t have said it better. PT should have a strong Economic and governance performance reporting section who can do a better job in presenting the facts. This reads more like a OND student writing final year project.
      Note no one cares about individual promises. They should all be working in sync to achieve the collective goals of the government that put them there. You cannot state as achievements goals not subscribed to that minister.
      What is common is the fact that these minister seem all goalless!

    • Otile

      Awosangbeoba,
      Always sounding like a voodoo economist! It appears you and your tribesman Mumuwole Awosan went to the same school and failed to learn basic principles of economics. Awon odale.

  • breaking’news

    @deleawogbeoba:disqus

    You are right. There’s the other matter which could have landed Kemi Adeosun in soup,
    but President Buhari chose at the relevant time to run a one-man government by himself.
    And after President Muhamadu Buhari was last week exposed to have dubiously shoveled
    a whopping [1] billion Naira from the treasury, into the pocket of Brigadier Buba Marwa,
    in July 2015, being 60 days after resuming office as newly-elected president of Nigeria,
    a lot of Nigerians have now totally lost hope in Buhari’s moral ability to fight corruption.

    • Truth Word.

      Sources for the #1 billion so dt we can nail him.

      • Public Record

        “The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission has set up a
        task force to probe eight (8) former governors. It was learnt that top operatives of the
        commission working in the task force had been dispatched to the states to carry out
        the probe of the affected former governors.

        A top operative of the commission
        said that the former governors were Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State; Chief Rotimi Amaechi
        of Rivers state, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema of Katsina and Sullivan Chime of Enugu State.

        The source said that the other four were on the waiting list. The former governors on
        the waiting list, according to the source are, Mr. Raji Fashola of Lagos State,
        Godswiil Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State, and,
        Alhaji Sule Lamido of Jigawa State.”

        ………………….PUNCH NEWSPAPER

        (September 3rd, 2015)

      • Tunde Olawale

        @disqus_tnjqflfWzL:disqus

        Old boy, for President Buhari, this one billion Naira he forked out of the Central Bank and tucked into the
        back pocket secretly, without informing the public since July last year, could later land him in the dock for corruption, coming within his first 60 days in office. It looks crooked and that’s why the Senate has said
        it would soon be issuing summons to investigate Buhari over this one billion Naira.

        How such a secret payment to Brigadier Buba Marwa became the first priority of APC party in office is totally inexplicable, especially when civil servants in 22 states were owed salaries at that time. This one billion scam was never disclosed by either President Buhari or by Brigadier Buba Marwa, which shows the secrecy intended by both men.

        The one billion Naira scam leaked only because the Senate asked the Budget Office for statement of expenditure to enable the assess President Buhari’s budget law compliance. Take it from me, a huge
        scandal may just have been blown open here.