In a move calculated to shock and surprise, President Muhammadu Buhari, last night, reduced federal ministries from 42 to 25.
The cut is, perhaps, in fulfillment of All Progressives Congress (APC) promise to cut down the cost of government.
It was gathered that some of the affected ministries merged include Federal Ministry of Information and Culture. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation was a stand-alone ministry while the Information Ministry was also a separate ministry.
Also, involved in the merging tussle is the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.
Before Tuesday, the Budget Office of the Federation was an agency under the Ministry of Finance while National Planning was a stand-alone ministry.
Federal Ministry of Works and Housing was also merged as one ministry. While the Ministry of Works was a stand-alone ministry, the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development was a separate ministry. Thirty-six ministers approved by the Senate last month would be sworn in today.