The State House’s (Office of the President, Federal
Republic of Nigeria) official website,www.statehouse.gov.ng
on Saturday still has ex-
President Goodluck Jonathan and former Vice
President Namadi Sambo as being in charge of the
But Jonathan and Sambo had since been replaced by
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President
Yemi Osinbajo on May 29.
While the ex-president and the former vice president
had returned to their bases, Buhari and Osinbajo are
expected to reside in the State House.
We checks on the website also
revealed that names of Mrs. Patience Jonathan and
Hajia Amina Sambo, were still listed as being the First
Lady and wife of the Vice President, respectively.
In the news section of the site, the latest information
posted was President Muhammadu Buhari’s
The official website for the office of the president
also listed ministers in the Jonathan administration
as current ministers, as pictures and names of 41
ministers were displayed.
The same situation was discovered when our
correspondent visited the State House’s principal
officers’ and other sections.
The newly elected President Buhari is yet to name
people who will form his Federal Executive Council.
There are indications that Buhari will reduce the
number of ministers as part of his strategies for
reducing the cost of governance.
It was learnt that this formed part of the cost-saving
proposals which Buhari presented during the All
Progressives Congress National Working Committee
meeting in Abuja in April.
Those to be done away with are ministers of state.
The NWC, which is yet to conclude its deliberations
on proposals, according to a high-ranking member of
the APC NWC, is working on various options,
including streamlining the ministries and parastatals.
The NWC member had said, “No concrete decision
has been reached on any of the issues yet. We are
still meeting tomorrow.”