President Buhari Swears-in New Ministers

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in seven new Ministers, who now replace former ones that resigned their appointments in May to contest for various political offices.

The swearing-in ceremony took place on Wednesday at the Council chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Those sworn-in include Henry Ikechukwu (Abia State), Umana Okon (Akwa-Ibom State), Ekuma Joseph (Ebonyi State), Goodluck Obia (Imo State), Umar Yakub (Kano State), Ademola Adegorioye (Ondo State) and Odo Udi (Rivers State).

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The new Ministers were recently screened and confirmed by the Senate, sequel to their nomination by President Buhari, in line with constitutional provisions.

Their nomination followed the vacuum created by the resignation of some former Ministers like Rotimi Amaechi, Uche Oga, Godswill Akpabio and Ogbonnaya Onu among others, who resigned to pursue various political ambitions.

 

Portfolios/Reshuffle

In what can be termed a minor cabinet reshuffle, the President immediately assigned portfolios to the new Ministers as follows:

Adeleke Mamora               Minister of Science and Technology

Muazu Sambo                    Minister of Transportation

Umana Okon                      Minister of Niger Delta Affairs

Sharon Ikeazor                   Minister of State Niger Delta

Gbemisola Saraki               Minister of State Mines and Steel Development

Umar El-Yakub                   Minister of State Works and Housing

Goodluck Opiah                  Minister of State Education

Joseph Nkama                    Minister of State Health

Henry Ikechukwu              Minister of State Science and Technology

Odom Udi                            Minister of State Environment

Ademola Adegoroye           Minister of State Transportation

Before the swearing in, a minute silence was observed in honour of Mohammed Barkindo, the 4th Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC Secretary-General, who died at the age of 63, Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, the President is chairing the weekly virtual cabinet meeting at the same venue, with the new Ministers in attendance for the first time.

Others who are physically in attendance are the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; and Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari.

Other Ministers who are also in attendance include the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Education, Adamu Adamu, Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, Mines and Steel, Olamilekan Adegbite, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, and Minister of State Budget, National Planning, Clem Agba and State, Industry Trade and Investment, Maryam Katagun.

The Head of the Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, and other ministers are attending the meeting from their offices in Abuja.

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