Ministers Without Portfolio Not New — Saraki
Speaking to State House Correspondents after his meeting with the President, Saraki said the designation of ministers without portfolio was not something entirely new to the nation. His words:
“Well I think before you had ministers of state in the past, I don’t think there is anything new, there were ministers for special duties which really didn’t have portfolios. I think the key issue is being in cabinet, is being part of the government and those that would have the responsibilities of ministering are those that at the end of the day would do that.
“We have the challenges of revenue drop, challenges in trying to boost revenue and create jobs and you know we have some of these issues which we really need to address.
“I think that it is time for us to address them and these are some of the issues we looked at as a Senate, that it is time for us to give support to the executive to move the country forward.”
Asked why he had to deliver the names personally to the President, Saraki said he had other issues besides presenting the list of ministers to the President. He, however, robustly denied engaging the President on his on-going trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.