The Commerce and Industry Correspondents Association of Nigeria (CICAN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint competent persons as Ministers to enable him fulfil his campaign promises to the electorate.
In a statement in Lagos jointly signed by the CICAN National President and Secretary, Mr. Toba Agboola and Mr. Charles Onwuatogwu , the association stated that the advice became necessary because some names being circulated in the media as possible candidates for ministerial portfolios in the Buhari administration are persons of questionable character that have been recycled over and over again by previous governments.
The association therefore appealed to the President to appoint technocrats with proven track records.
“Nigeria has abundant pool of human resources in all fields of endeavors and as such there is no need to continue to appoint persons with antecedents that will offend the sensibility of Nigerians into strategic positions any longer”‘ the statement said.
“If Mr. President proceeds to appoint certain individuals who spearheaded anti-people policies while serving the previous governments into his cabinet, his pledge to change the pattern of governance including the culture of impunity in the country will be dead on arrival,” the statement stated.
According to the CICAN, if for any reason Mr. President wishes to appoint persons that have served previous governments into his cabinet; they must be individuals with impeccable character, proven integrity, and track record of selfless service to the country.