A group, under the aegis of South East APC Young Progressives Forum, has called on President Bola Tinubu to consider the appointment of additional ministerial slots from the southeast geopolitical zone.
The group asked the president to give the zone at least two additional ministers.
Addressing a news conference on Monday, September 25, in Awka, the national convener of the group, Pascal Candle, said the call was necessary to correct the glaring imbalance in the ministerial list.
“Following the latest ministerial nominations from other zones, we, therefore, wish to cry unto Mr President to find a way to remedy this glaring anomaly. We appeal that at least two additional ministers need to be appointed from the southeast.”
Appreciating the president for incorporating youths into his government, the body argued that the zone has a pool of highly qualified young professionals with the capacity to fill the position of Youth Development Ministry for the sake of balance and equity.
The group added,
“With the nomination of Ministers of Youth Development from Kwara and Ondo States, Southeast with five states remains the only zone among the six zones without an additional Minister. In fact, we have only five Ministers without any zonal representation.
“We are therefore immensely hopeful and sincerely praying that Mr President will heed our plea of nominating an extra Minister for the South East to give the Progressives in the zone more sense of belonging and most importantly to bring vitality to the Ministry of Youths.”