Even with the quantum of criticism that greeted his statement that Nigeria at the moment can’t afford to pay 36 ministers in far away India on Friday, last week, president Mohammad Buhari Tuesday in Abuja ruled out the possibility of assigning portfolios to all the confirmed 36 ministerial nominees by the senate.
Though he gave vent to the constitutionally mandatory 36 ministerial slots, he also reiterated that the economy was battered to accommodate the number.
This came as the senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki said that the idea of having ministers without portfolio was not entirely novel in the Nigerian political system.
President Buhari spoke when he received the second and last batch of the screened nominees from the senate president at the presidential villa in Abuja.
Saraki had at a brief ceremony to mark the presentation stated that the senate had concluded the assignment.
In an interview session after the brief event, the Senate President said it was not new to have ministers without assigned duties.
He however urged Nigerians to focus on “major issues”.
According to him, the appointment of the ministers would give room for serious government works to better the lots of the citizenry.