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New Nigerian ministers, square pegs in square holes?

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Senior Communications Officer of Yiaga Africa, Mark Amaza, has said that the portfolios of ministers should have matched their professions and experience.

Amaza said this on Nigeria Info’s Morning Crossfire while speaking about the portfolios assigned to the newly sworn-in Nigerian ministers. He suggests that the government did not give enough consideration to the nominees' competencies in some instances. 

“We have our heads scratching, wondering what the rationale is, for example with Defence,” he said, citing the Ministry of Defence.

He believes that by matching ministerial portfolios with competencies, the government can ensure that it is making the best possible appointments. He added that Yiaga Africa has always frowned at the process of nominating ministers without their intended portfolios, which he says does not give room for proper assessment of their competencies.

Amaza also called for a change in treating the ministries of youth and sports as "compensatory ministries," by ensuring young, capable, and experienced persons oversee those ministries and not mere politicians.

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