Tinubu's Team Building: Gbajabiamila, other Possible People in His Cabinet
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Politics - April 4, 2023

Tinubu’s Team Building: Gbajabiamila, other Possible People in His Cabinet

The president-elect, Bola Tinubu has begun selecting his team and building ahead of his takeover on the 29th of May as the 16th president of the federal republic of Nigeria. Tinubu is known for his ability to build strong political alliances and has considered some people for some serious roles in his incoming administration.

While some of the names of the possible team members in his incoming administration have been rumoured, others are yet to be ascertained. The president-elect, who is looking at building a national security and economic team, has started delegating duties to some of these team members. 

Let’s look at some of the people that could be considered for some of the country’s serious roles.

Femi Gbajabiamila

One of the possible members that would probably be in Tinubu’s cabinet is the current Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.  

Gbajabiamila can be considered for the position of Chief of Staff due to his experience as Speaker of the House of Representatives which has given him a deep understanding of how government works.

Gbajabiamila who is known for his leadership skills and experience in managing large groups of people and working collaboratively with others while in the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives can be saddled with the office of the Chief of Staff which is a high-ranking office who manages the office of the President and coordinating their efforts to support the President’s agenda.

Wale Edun

Chief Wale Edun, former Finance Commissioner in Lagos State and a business and financial expert has been selected as a member of the Presidential Transition Council (PTC) according to Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTC.

Edun could be considered part of his economic team due to his impressive record of achievements in both the private and public sectors in high-level financial positions which attests to his phenomenal competence and expertise.

He is also known for his expertise in economic policy and his advocacy for the development of the Nigerian economy which is pivotal for Tinubu policy for economic development and growth.

Atiku Bagudu

Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, the current Governor of Kebbi State could possibly be in the list of the president-elect team building. Bagudu has diverse experience in public service and has held several leadership positions in government and politics as well as held several positions in the private sector.

Bagudu who is a member of the National Rice and Wheat Task Force and has been instrumental in implementing policies aimed at increasing agricultural production and reducing dependence on food imports.

He is also recognized for several works on agricultural development in Nigeria which can be pivotal for Tinubu’s policy on agriculture development in the country.

Babatunde Fashola

Babatunde Fashola could be a possible member of Tinubu’s cabinet due to his previous experience as the Governor of Lagos State and his current role as the Minister of Works and Housing. 

Fashola has a track record of implementing infrastructure development projects during his tenure as Governor of Lagos State, which could make him a valuable addition to Tinubu’s team, as he aims to drive progress and development in Nigeria. 

Fashola’s shared political history and vision with the president-elect for Nigeria could make him a strong candidate for a role in Tinubu’s cabinet.

Babatunde Fowler

Tunde Fowler is a respected Nigerian public officer and tax administrator who served as the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), executive chairman Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue and Chief Executive Officer Lagos State Internal Revenue Service can possibly be in the list for the president-elect incoming administration.

During his tenure as the Chairman of FIRS, Fowler implemented several initiatives that helped to increase the country’s tax revenue. He introduced the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS), whose objective is to increase the number of taxpayers in the tax net and raise revenue for the government. 

He also implemented a digital tax system that is an electronic tax service (e-services) to ensure automation of tax processes for the purpose of improving transparency, tax administration and making it easier for taxpayers to comply with tax laws. Fowler has extensive experience in both the private and public sector and in finance and taxation can contribute to the vision for Nigeria’s future.

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