Over two months after President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated his cabinet, the names of 22 of the 43 ministers are still missing from the Federal Government’s website.
Buhari on August 21 inaugurated the ministers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, and assigned portfolios to them.
But a check on the website of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on Monday showed that out of the 43 ministers, only 37 (designations) were listed, leaving out six.
The six left out are either new ministries created by Buhari or the ones carved out from the existing ones.
Out of the 37 designations listed, only 21 names were supplied.
The remaining 16 slots were either left vacant or the inscription, “minister has not been appointed,” written against them despite the fact that ministers had been assigned portfolios and had since resumed work.
The ministers listed on the website as ‘not appointed yet’ were the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment; Minister of Niger Delta; Minister of State, Niger Delta; Minister of Petroleum; Minister of State for Petroleum; Minister of Power, Works and Housing; Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing; Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing (Power); Minister of Science and Technology; Minister of Solid Minerals and Minister of State for Solid Minerals.
Others are Minister of Transportation; Minister of State for Aviation; Minister of Water Resources, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development and Minister of Youth and Sports.
Although Mr. Festus Keyamo and Tayo Alasoadura have since swapped positions, Keyamo was still listed as the Minister of State for Niger Delta (his former position) while Alasoadura was named Minister of State for Labour.
While Mrs. Zainab Ahmed was named Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, the website erroneously identified her as Minister of Finance (the old designation).
The Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, was also erroneously listed as substantive Minister of Budget and National Planning.
Mustapha Shehuri was also erroneously listed as Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, instead of his correct position of Minister of State.
The new ministries completely left out of the list are Ministry of Special Duties; Ministry of Police Affairs; Ministry of Power and Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
Other ministers who made the list are Sale Mamman (Power), Ali Pantami (Communication), Bashir Magashi (Defence), Adamu Adamu (Education), Emeka Nwajiuba (State, Education), Muhammad Mahmood (Environment) and Mohammed Bello (FCT).
The rest are Geofffey Onyeama (Foreign Affairs), Zubair Dada (State, Foreign Affairs), Osagie Ehanire (Health), Adeleke Mamora (State, Health), Lai Mohammed (Information and Culture), Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment).
The ministers whose names are conspicuously missing from the list are Rotimi Amaechi (Transportation), Gbemisoĺa Saraki (State, Transportation), Hadi Sirika (Aviation), Suleiman Adamu (Water Resources), Pauline Tallen (Women Affairs), Sunday Dare (Youth and Sports) Mohammed Nanono (Agriculture and Rural Development) and Niyi Adebayo (Industry, Trade and Investment).
Others are Maryam Katagum (Industry, Trade and Investment), Godswill Akpabio (Niger Delta), Timipre Sylva (State, Petroleum), Babatunde Fashola (Works and Housing), Ogbonnaya Onu (Science and Technology), George Akume (Special Duties), Mohammed Dangyadi (Police Affairs), Mohammed Abdullahi (State, Science and Technology), Sharon Ikeazor (State, Environment), Olamilekan Adegbite (Mines and Steel Development), Abubakar Aliyu (State, Works and Housing), Sadiya Faruk (Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development), Godwin Jedi-Agba (State, Power) and Ramatu Aliyu (State, FCT).
Spokesman for the Pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, described the development as “a manifestation of the level of incompetence in the system.”
He said it was the combination of such “little things” that led to national failure.
Odumakin said, “That the names of 22 ministers are still missing from government website about two months after they were inaugurated alongside their colleagues is a manifestation of the level of incompetence in the system which we always talk about.
“The truth is that nobody is paying attention to all these details that matter.
“Their priorities are quite different from those of other well-meaning Nigerians.
“Clearly, this is a reflection of the kind of analogue people driving the system.
“The combination of such little things results in our national failure as a country. It is unfortunate.”
Also, the Executive Director, Security Legislative Advocacy Centre and Head of Transparency International (Nigeria), Auwal Rafsanjani, condemned the development.
Rafsanjani said, “This further confirms that there are a lot of challenges in governance in Nigeria.
“Ministers were nominated, screened by the National Assembly, inaugurated by the President, who assigned portfolios to them and months after, the government’s website is indicating a different thing. It is sad.”
He added, “Government must have a functional website to communicate to Nigerians. Such website should be updated regularly and constantly.”