President Buhari has reportedly listed his dos and don’t to all the ministers-designate ahead of their inauguration this Wednesday November 11th. The instructions were listed to the ministers during the ministerial retreat which took place in Abuja last week Thursday and Friday.
While speaking at the retreat, Buhari charged the ministers to ensure that all of their foreign trips must be duty related. Among the dos and don’t include:
– Foreign travels must be duty-related – ministers must operate within lean resources
– No more flamboyance
– Strict adherence to the rule of law -compliance to Civil Service Rules
– Living above board
– Cooperation with Permanent Secretaries
– No more rancour between ministers and ministers of State
– Appointment of some aides should be from the civil service – drastic reduction of vehicles in convoys
– All decisions must lead to change.
A source at the Presidency who spoke with the Nation said:
The ministers have been told to limit their foreign trips to only those that are duty-related, they must relate to their work. And all travels abroad must be approved by the President. No more travelling just for the sake of it. As you have heard on Friday, they are expected to reduce the vehicles in their convoys to a reasonable level to save cost. The ministers are to do things differently in view of the lean resources at their disposal. Flamboyance and extravagance by cabinet members are gone. The Ministers have been given copies of the Civil Service Rules and Regulations. The President wants compliance with the document. He also warned against conflict with Permanent Secretaries. On the relationship between ministers and ministers of state, some guidelines have also been provided with a caveat that the President will not tolerate any rift or rancour.