By Michael Oche, Abuja
The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately reshuffle his cabinet, saying time is running out and most Nigerians are yet to experience the change promised by the administration.
Wabba who spoke exclusively to LEADERSHIP Sunday at the weekend said after two years in the saddle, most ministers have not lived up to expectation, stressing that there was need for the president to bring in fresh minds with new ideas.
The NLC president who did not specify which of the ministers to be removed also said President Buhari’s absence has slowed down the implementation of the new minimum wage.
He said now that Buhari is back from his medical vacation, Nigerian workers are expecting a speedy process of implementing the new minimum wage.
He said, “We join other Nigerians in welcoming President Buhari back from the over 100 days medical vacation abroad. There are a lot of expectations from Nigerians and that is why the anxiety is high when he was actually billed to return.
“This arose from the fact that the process has not been fast as expected. Most of the processes have been very slow. This I think was due to the fact that consultation has to go on. Even the then Acting President at a point needed to consult, especially when looking at the challenges in the economy and also considering that as workers, we have lots of expectation.
“You are aware that the issue of minimum wage is very topical while there was a pronouncement to constitute the committee, they have requested for our list which we have sent. Therefore, the committee needs to be inaugurated so that the process can go on.
On the need to reshuffle the cabinet, Wahab said, “I think also there is high expectation in how to rejuvenate the machinery of government, especially looking at the performance of the ministers and some political appointees. I think usually in the life of any administration, halfway down the line will be enough time to assess their performance and then assess the impact that they put into the system.
“Most Nigerians expect that there is the need to add impetus to governance and looking at key sectors and ministries. There are some that have done well, but some have not done well so there is expectation that the cabinet be reshuffle and be able to inject new ideas”.