President Tinubu talks tough, vows to sack underperforming ministers

President Bola Tinubu has made it clear that any minister who fails to meet the expectations of Nigerians will be removed from office.

This declaration was made during a meeting with the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday.

“I appreciate the efforts of the cabinet members, but I will not hesitate to relieve anyone who is not delivering for Nigerians,” President Tinubu asserted, emphasizing his commitment to effective governance.

The President urged state governments to focus on local communities by promoting accountability and ensuring effective governance at the local level. He stressed the importance of addressing the needs of local communities: “I urge you to engage with the governors. While I am striving to improve the nation’s revenue base, they must also prioritize the needs of local communities.”

Highlighting the critical role of local governance, Tinubu noted, “People live, work, and farm in local areas. If local governments fail to provide essential services, we must reassess our strategies. The approaches that worked four years ago may no longer be effective.”

President Tinubu also addressed the pressing issue of education, describing the high number of out-of-school children as 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.

On security, the President praised National Security Adviser Mallam Nuhu Ribadu and underscored the need for investment in technology to ensure citizens’ safety. “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, particularly in 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.

President Tinubu also called for national unity and continued 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.

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

Barrister Bashir Dalhatu, Chairman of the ACF Board of Trustees, congratulated President 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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