President Muhammadu Buhari has relieved the Minister of Agriculture, Mohammed Nanono and the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamma, of their positions.
This was disclosed by the President during the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.
The Minister of Environment, Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar takes over Agriculture, while Abubakar Aliu Minister of State for Works takes over from Mamman Sale as the Minister of Power.
This is the first time the President is taking such action in over six years of his administration.
Buhari noted that the ministers were sacked after an independent and critical self-review of their performance.
Though the president did not reveal the rating of the sacked ministers’ performance, many Nigerians have continuously complained about the poor state of power and high price of food in the country.
He said, “On Wednesday 21st August 2019 the current Federal Executive Council was sworn-in after a rigorous retreat to bring returning and new members up to speed on the accomplishments, challenges and lessons drawn from my first term in Office and to emphasise the nine priority areas of government for the second term.
“Two years and some months into the second term, the tradition of subjecting our projects and programs implementation to independent and critical self-review has taken firm roots through sector Reporting during Cabinet meetings and at Retreats.
“I must commend this cabinet for demonstrating unparalleled resilience that helped the government to navigate the disruption to global systems and governance occasioned by the emergence of COVID-19 shortly after inauguration. The weekly Federal Executive Council meetings was not spared because the traditional mode was altered.
“As we are all aware, change is the only factor that is constant in every human endeavour and as this administration approaches its critical phase in the second term, I have found it essential to reinvigorate this cabinet in a manner that will deepen its capacity to consolidate legacy achievements.”