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‘’JUICY OR NOT JUICY/LEAN’’ MINISTRIES/DEPARTMENTS/AGENCIES OF GOVERNMENT – BALANCING PERSONAL & PUBLIC INTERESTS

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” Requesting a President/Governor to attach portfolios to names of appointees being screened could be meaningless since they could be changed the following day after confirmation. The President/Governor have no input into the appointment of committee chairmen. Whoever leads knows who he/she wants and where they would be useful. If the appointing authorities so decide, he/she could appoint Hon. Ministers that may operate from home. That is the prerogative of the appointing authority who is answerable for all actions of his/her appointees. Over 20 years ago in the Gen. Sani Abacha regime, famous Alhaji Wada Nas, a Minister of Special Duties had a special role of appropriating part of the duties of the Information Minister. ”He was always the first to react.” No one knew if he was so authorized. But since he was never sanctioned, the boss must have approved the arrangement. The scenario created after confirmation or appointments into top sensitive positions in our clime, is always interesting. Bureaucrats and technocrats are involved; and nothing is spared in running around for postings to strategic Ministries/Departments/Agencies (MDAs) that the media classify as ”juicy and not juicy” (parametres unknown) by people lucky to be named by the appointing authority. The doctrine of the separation of powers gives wide latitude the heads of Executive arms of government at the three tiers, to appoint their preferences. However, these political appointees of Cabinet rank are considered fit and appointed only after being passed as suitable by the Legislative branch of government. Requesting a President/Governor to attach portfolios to names of appointees being screened could be meaningless since they could be changed the following day after confirmation. The President/Governor have no input into the appointment of committee chairmen of the Legislative branch. Similarly, state governors don’t allow their local government chairman to dictate appointees to them. Therefore, it might seems improper for state governors to impose candidates on the presidency. Whoever leads knows who he/she wants and where they would be useful. If the appointing authorities so decide, he/she could appoint Hon. Ministers that may operate from home. That is the prerogative of the appointing authority who is answerable for all actions of his/her appointees. POWERS OF THE PRESIDENT & GOVERNOR: The constitution makes the president the chief executive and commander in chief of the armed forces in S.130. The constitution of 1999 vests all the executive powers of the federation in the person of the president which can be exercised…

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