Minister-designate, Dr. Chris Ngige, on Friday said many of them are willing to serve without portfolio asserting that there is no big deal about having or not having portfolios as long as they are members of the Federal Cabinet.
The former senator and ex-Governor of Anambra State stated this when speaking with State House Correspondents, Abuja noting that designated ministers, who were recently screened by the senate, are only with assisting the president to bring relief to suffering Nigerians.
He also pointed out that as Ministers they will not be flamboyant nor be interested in perks of offices.
“Yes, we shall operate a lean economy because we are going to block areas of leakages, retinue of aides, protocol staff, large convoys of cars are things that will not fly in this administration.”
Stating that the ongoing debate over statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari that not all ministers would be assigned portfolios was not necessary, he opined that: “If you have portfolio, if you don’t have portfolio, it is one single Federal Executive Council. You bring whatever it is on the table. That is not a problem at all.
“We have the right to discuss things around the ministries because it is one single cabinet. The important thing is that we want to move our people from where they are now, they are in abject poverty which concerns about 75 per cent of the populace.
“So, we need to actually restructure the political and social moment of the country and that is what we are going to do. That means poverty will reduce.”

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