Min­is­ters as noise mak­ers

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

Even as the Se­nate be­gan screen­ing Pres­i­dent Buhari’s min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees in its Com­mit­tee of the Whole yesterday, I could not help but re­mem­ber the pres­i­dent’s un­favourable de­scrip­tion of min­is­ters as “noise mak­ers” com­pared to civil ser­vants, who he said do all the work.

Look­ing at the men and women as they filed in one by one into the Se­nate cham­ber to be screened, I could not but won­der who among them will end up as the big­gest noise maker. We do not as yet know which ones among them will make it through the screen­ing and, af­ter­wards, who will get what port­fo­lio. Some of these nom­i­nees look like they are nat­u­ral noise mak­ers, es­pe­cially one of them who has been talk­ing al­most non-stop for the last sev­eral years. There is no day you will open a news­pa­per in Nige­ria or tune in to a tele­vi­sion set and you will not hear one thing or another that he said. Peo­ple are al­ready say­ing that he will be as­signed to head the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion. If that hap­pens, then Labaran Maku’s record as a noisy field cricket will be duly eclipsed.

Apart from the ones among them who are nat­u­ral noise mak­ers, some min­is­ters may re­sort to noise mak­ing due to the na­ture of the min­istries to which they will be as­signed. Es­pe­cially those min­istries whose per­for­mance is peren­ni­ally be­hind public ex­pec­ta­tions and they must make up the dif­fer­ence with noise mak­ing, such as Power, Po­lice Af­fairs, Petroleum, Trade and In­vest­ment, and Agri­cul­ture.

If af­ter spend­ing bil­lions of naira your min­istry has lit­tle to show for it, what else can you do apart from noise mak­ing and hop­ing that your in­ef­fi­ciency will be cov­ered by the noise? So, honourable min­is­ters, you might just be able to talk your way to con­fir­ma­tion at the Se­nate but if you think you will be able to warm your way into the pres­i­dent’s good books through noise mak­ing at the Fed­eral Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil meet­ings, you have got another thing com­ing. This pres­i­dent al­ready knows that a min­is­ter is a nat­u­ral noise maker. You must do more than make noise to sur­vive the first Change cab­i­net reshuf­fle a year from now.

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