Fear Grips Ministers As Hajia Usman, Tinubu’s Special Adviser, On Policy And Coordination, Speaks Out

 By Lateef Adegbite

Barely three months after President Bola Tinubu, who incidental was a former Lagos state governor, had a retreat for ministers and other appointed political Aides including Permanent Secretaries at the Federal Level,  in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, where he had told them that those not performing  will leave the Cabinet , fear  has gripped the political appointees and top Civil servants  in the Federal ministries.

Hajia Usman: Championing assessment of ministers by CDCU officers

The Nigerian President knew that Hajia  Bala Usman, a former Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, and now  Special Adviser to the President on Policy and Head , Central  Delivery  and Coordination Unit, CDCU,  would be their nemesis that  he advised them that anyone  who have complaints against her ‘’ should see him’’. Tinubu , who was said to have the ministers and the other Presidential Aides including the Permanent Secretaries to understand that the  Administration which has no reason to fail has’’ focused on evaluation’’  through the delivery unit , stressing that that they should be ready to work with the Kastina state born Aide  or be ready to go.

The former Lagos state may have set  example  with the suspension of Eetta Edu, minister of   Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation over alleged illegal transfer of N585 million marked  for the implementation  of grants  aimed at supporting  ulnerable  groups in  in Akwa Ibom, Cross river, Lagos and Ogun state of the Federation  to a private account belonging to  one Oniyelu Bridget Mojisola.

Betta Edu: Suspended minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation

Hajia Usman, the Presidential Aide on Policy Evaluation and Coordination may have used the suspended minister to set example that ministers, Political Aides and top government official who make decisions that will drag the image of the Tinubu’s government to the mud will  relieved of his or her appointment.

Given that the top  government functionaries  may not have understood the import of the Policy and Delivery Coordination unit of the Tinubu’s Administration  may have informed why the Presidential Aide  had taken advantage of the recent technical  retreat for delivery desk officers and Directors  of pPlanning  in the ministries orgnised by the Unit in Uyo, Capital of Akwa Ibom, home state of Godswill Akpabio, the Senate President  to drop the bombshell  that the President  who in serious about fulfilling his electioneering Campaign promises to Nigeria ‘’ will drop the non- performing ministers’’.

The Presidential Aide who was said to have sought the total commitment of the delivery officers and Directors in the ministries both at the state and Federal levels   that the essence of the retreat is to get them to be more serious with heir jobs and expose the political appointees and top government officials that are not performing as engine rooms of the government.

She may have embolden the delivery desk officers,   described as the government engine room  that will provide  the feedback  and constantly track  ministerial progress  and report challenges   and bottle  to the CDCU . She further stated that the essence of the retreat was to introduce the ministries delivery officers to the framework of the government delivery chain for progress tracking and build the officers capacity on ‘’monitoring of delivery plan’’.

Keyamo: minister of Aviation, ministry currently being assessed by CDCU officers

She  may have given an instance with the ministry of Aviation  which has Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN,  as the minister, where the officers  will be  assessing  the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN,  which Headquarters and some Departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN, under the close watch of  Olayemi Michael Cardoso, will be moving to Lagos for operational efficiency.  Hajia Usman, the Presidential Aide on Policy and Delivery Coordination unit, may have hit  the nail on the head  on why the FAAN Headquarters has been relocated from Abuja to Lagos, the nation’s Commercial nerve center  for proper assessing of  the various airports across the country and to ensure that  the escalators, lifts  and Conveyor belts  are functional .

The assessment  of the airports, by the delivery officers,  which will give an insight  to them to know  more about the  security clearance  for both passengers and vehicles  accessing the airport  and the consequences of  delayed time  of departure of airlines?

She had said that the ministry of Agriculture  are also currently being assessed by the delivery officers to see the country index  of fertilizer use  per hectare  of land to grow rice, wheat and maize  including yam   in view of  the attendant  investment  that has been made  in fertilizer  interventions over the last eight months.

The former NPA, Managing Director, was said to have further said the ministry of Finance, under the supervision of Wale Edun, as the minister and Coordinating minister of the Economy, the delivery officers, have been mandated to assess the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, which has Bashir Wale Adeniyi, MFR, as the Comptroller General, on the timeliness inspection and Clearance of import and export cargoes to ensure that N5.079 revenue target set for the service this 2024 is achieved. 

Hajia Usman, who could not hide her feelings had said that the delivery officers have also been mandated to assess the ministry on the timelines of resources availability to Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, described as core to the delivery of any mandate.

Wkie: FCT, minister

Although, FCT, where Nyensom Wike , a former governor of Rivers state calls the shot as the minister  may not be on the list of the ministries  and MDAs being assessed by the Policy and Delivery  Coordination unit  offers, but there had been pressure on the President to sack  the former Rivers state governor   because of the repeated kidnap cases in the FCT in the recent time because of his fiddling with the Rivers ate polities to force out his godson Simalayi Fubara ,the state governor  for not doing his biddings. This may have informed why he has paid less attention to the administration of the FCT.    

Hajia Usman and her delivery officers may have embarked on the assessment of the ministers and the MDAs, under the ministries because the President had described the ministers, particular, as ‘’the best brains’’ and expected them to deliver on their mandate without excuses.

The former Rivers state governor and the Opposition People’s Democratic Chieftain serving in Tinubu’s Administration who will not take from his critics  has blamed  politicians  for creating  tension  and propaganda  to gaslight kidnap cases  in the FCT, insisting that the politicians  are bent on making sure  that Tinubu’s Administration does not survive.

Many believe that Hajia Usman, the Presidential Aide may have been encouraged to organize the retreat for delivery officers and Directors of Planning in MDAs, because President Tinubu is no longer finding it funny about’’ the state of the nation’s infrastructure and economy’’ which is biting.

 Dave Umahi, a former governor of the south easter state of Eboyi, may have shocked Nigerians when he disclosed at Aba, the Commercial town of Abia state, where he had visited to inspect Federal government projects that the Nigerian President is having sleepless nights to solve the inherited bad economy from former President Muhammadu Buhari.

 This may have informed why he has travelled to Paris, Capital of France on Wednesday, January 24, 2024,  on a private visit to Paris and will return to the country  in the first week of February, 2024, according to Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President  on Media and Publicity.     

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