On the 21st of August, President Muhammadu Buhari will be swearing in 43 ministers designate, in their respective offices.
This was disclosed in a statement handed over to newsmen by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), yesterday the 6th of August.
According to the Federal Government, the inauguration ceremony will hold at the Federal Executive Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja at 11 am.
Further revealed in the statement is that from August 19 to 20th, the ministers designate while awaiting their swearing-in are mandated to attend an induction retreat at the Presidential Villa.
Meanwhile, pending the retreat, the SGF has handed over to the ministers-designate their study guide and other government documents.
Immediately after the inauguration, the portfolios of the new ministers will be appended by President Buhari who will also preside at the first Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting since he assumed office for a second term.
The statement reads in part: “The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, invites all ministers-designate, head of the civil service of the federation, federal permanent secretaries and top government functionaries (specifically invited) to a 2-day induction retreat to be presided over by Muhammadu Buhari, President.”
The aim of the retreat is “building a strong platform for synergy and teamwork, sensitize appointees on the status of the implementation of policies, programmes, and projects of government from 2015-date.”
Ministers designate will be acquainted with the roadmap for delivery of government’s priorities and next level agenda (2019-2023). Also, Ministerial designates will be deepened in the understanding of participants on best practices in conducting government business.
The statement included that attendance at both events is mandatory and strictly by invitation.
Recall that on July 23, Buhari sent the list of nominees to the Senate and then screening began on Wednesday, July 24.
The screening exercise which was presided over by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan ended on July 29.