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I’m ready to sack underperforming ministers – Tinubu


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President Bola Tinubu has vowed to fire any non-performing member of his cabinet from his or her ministerial responsibilities.

During a Thursday meeting with the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Mr Tinubu emphasized his commitment to serving the nation.

“I appreciate the efforts of the cabinet members, but I will not hesitate to relieve anyone who is not delivering for Nigerians,” he stated.

He urged state governments to focus on local communities by promoting accountability and ensuring effective governance at the local level.

“I will appeal to you to summon the governors. I am doing my very best to enhance the revenue base of the country. They must equally be sympathetic, and they must urgently consider the needs of the local people.

“People reside in the local communities. That is where they work, farm, and live. If the local governments are not effective in delivering services; as leaders, we must not hang on to the numbers.

“Maybe we should look at recalibrating. What was good four years ago may not be good today. When we want the votes, we go to the locals; when we get the votes, we move to and focus on Abuja,” he said

While addressing education, President Tinubu called the high number of out-of-school children unacceptable.

“Education is a vital tool against poverty, and we must leverage it to improve our citizens’ lives. We are committed to collaborating intensively to enhance our education system, which is the backbone of our economy,” he added.

Mr Tinubu also spoke on security, praising National Security Adviser Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.

“Everyone desires security, and we need to invest in technology to ensure the safety of our citizens. We are dedicated to this mission,” he promised.

Regarding economic development and livestock management, Tinubu highlighted the potential of dairy farming.

“Animal husbandry presents significant economic opportunities. We need to encourage governors to allocate more land and foster cooperation with herders. With adequate funding and collaboration, we can achieve substantial growth in this sector,” he explained.

Mr Tinubu also appealed for national unity and ongoing support for his administration.

“Our diversity is our strength. I thank the cabinet members for their efforts, but I will not hesitate to replace any who fail Nigerians,” he reiterated.

He announced the formation of a committee to address the issues discussed, led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume.

Meanwhile, Barrister Bashir Dalhatu, Chairman of the ACF Board of Trustees, congratulated Tinubu on his first year in office and praised his accomplishments.

He expressed confidence in the President, noting that his promises and support during the election campaign had significantly influenced Northern Nigeria’s voting patterns.

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