President Bola Tinubu’s ministerial nominees may assume duty in the third week of August, which is between August 14 and 18.
According to The PUNCH, the delay was to allow the new nominees screened and cleared by the Senate to prepare for the task ahead and relocate from their various states to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, from where they will function as ministers.
“It won’t be earlier than upper week (August 14 – 18) because I know it’s not on the President’s schedule for the new week,” the source said.
Another source said, “He (Tinubu) wants to give them the rest of the new week to plan and organise themselves because they will be traveling from different locations.”
Since the Federal Executive Council meetings hold on Wednesdays, ministers may meet for the first time on August 16.
Last Wednesday, the President sent a supplementary list of ministerial nominees to the Senate to be screened for various roles in his cabinet.
Prominent on the list were former Governors Nyesom Wike, Dave Umahi, Mohammed Badaru, Bello Matawalle, Nasir El-Rufai, Simon Lalong, Gboyega Oyetola, Atiku Bagudu and Ibrahim Geidam of Rivers, Ebonyi, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kaduna, Plateau, Osun, Kebbi, and Yobe states.