Saturday, May 21, 2011

Jonathan To Chart Course For New Ministers

President Goodluck Jonathan will unveil his new cabinet immediately after his inauguration for a fresh term and thereafter assemble the members in Obudu Mountain Resort for a retreat to prepare them for the task ahead.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ima Niboro, who revealed this while briefing State House correspondents in Abuja, on Friday, also disclosed that Jonathan was disturbed by the inability of the privatisation process to achieve the desired result.
According to him, “There is going to be very little time. So, the new cabinet is going to come almost immediately after inauguration. That cabinet will go on retreat for a few days also in Obudu where the president is going to charge them with the direction of government.

“The president has four years to deliver and he is not going to waste any minute of it. So, the areas the president is going to focus on will be areas of power, infrastructure and human capacity development,” he said.

The president’s spokesman remarked that government was looking at a target where it could have an inclusive growth circle in all aspects.

“It is very easy for people to say, ‘Oh! If he can achieve power, he would have done everything.’ But you cannot pursue power when the children are not in school; you cannot pursue education while hospitals are dead. The president is planning an integrated approach to governance on all decisions.

“So, he is going to take the new ministers there and he is going to charge them on the direction he wants this government to take. And this is going to happen in very short order,” Niboro stated.

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