Big Shame, As President Buhari Shuts Down Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s Office, Technically

By Post-Nigeria: September 17, 2019 13:55

Big Shame, As President Buhari Shuts Down Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s Office, Technically

President Muhammadu Buhari, has directed Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, to henceforth, seek Presidential approvals for Agencies under his supervision.

Under the laws setting up these Agencies, the President is empowered to give final approvals.
The directive to follow due process was issued via a Presidential memo, on Tuesday.
Currently, Osinbajo is the Chairman of the Governing Boards of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA; the National Boundary Commission, NBC; and the Border Communities Development Agency, BCDA.
With the new memo, as against what operated during his first term, the Vice President will now have to seek approvals from the President for contract awards, annual reports, annual accounts, power to borrow, and power to make regulations, among other key functions.

On Monday, Buhari appointed an Economic Advisory Council, EAC, and disbanded the Economic Management Team, EMT, led by Osinbajo.
Buhari had appointed Osinbajo, Chairman of the EMT, during his first term; although the position was held by the Ministers of Finance under other previous administrations.

Elsewhere, there are reports that NEMA and the National Social Investment Programme, NSIP, will now be moved from the Office of the Vice President, to the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, headed by Sadiya Umar Farouq.
By law, the Vice President is the Chairman of NEMA, NBC, and BCDA, but the Acts also state that Presidential approvals are needed for some key decisions and actions.
Sections 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 24 of the NEMA Act provide that, “funding, expenditure, contract awards, and regulations” must receive Presidential approval.
Sections 24, 25, 27, 28 and 33 of the NBC Act, empower the President to direct on annual reports, annual accounts, power to borrow, and power to invest.
Under the BCDA law, the President also has similar powers.
“Suffice it to say the President has finally taken control of his government”, a Minister who confirmed the development said.