Civil Servants Do Most Of The Work, Ministers Are Just There To Make Noise – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has for the
umpteenth time defended his decision to delay
appointment of ministers, saying most of the
works in the ministries are being done by civil
servants and technocrats.
He described the role of ministers as that of noise
makers.
Buhari made this assertion on Wednesday in an
interview with French television station, France 24.
When asked if the absence of a Finance Minister
was not affecting the Nigerian capital market and
economy, he said: “No. It is what we know – and
which we learnt from the western system. The civil
service provides the continuity, the technocrat.
And in any case, they are those that do most of the
work.
“The ministers are there, I think, to make a lot of
noise; for the politicians to make a lot of noise. But
the work is being done by the technocrats. They are
there; they have to provide the continuity, dig into
the records and then guide us, [those of us] who are
just coming in.
“They have been there, some of them for 15 years,
some for 20 years. So I think this question of
ministers is political. People from different
constituencies want to see their people directly in
government, and see what they can get out of it”.
President Buhari used the opportunity to reiterate
his position that he would name his cabinet before
the end of September.
“As for the cabinet, I said we will have one by the
end of the month, and time flies. The end of the
month is coming too quickly for my liking.
“Yeah, I will stick to it. I will send the names to the
national assembly”, he said.
Reminded by his interviewer that “some have
quipped that the country runs better without
ministers”, the president said: “When you started
introducing me, you said I was around 1983 to
1985.
“Even then we had ministers. So under this system,
we have to have ministers; and we are going to
have ministers”.
President Buhari on Wednesday departed France
for Abuja after a 3-day official visit.

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