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President Jonathan Swears in Eleven New Ministers


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IMAGE: President Goodluck Jonathan and the new ministers »

06.Mar.2014

 

Story: Jaiyeola Andrews

  

President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday swore in 11 new ministers who had been cleared by the senate last month.

He also dropped Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, who until yesterday was the Minister of Sports.
The sack of Abdullahi is coming barely 24 hours after a sweeping sack in the Aviation sector, where the heads of the parastatals in the sector were removed.

Perhaps sensing that he may be affected in the cabinet re-shuffle, Abdullahi had stayed away from the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, where the new ministers were sworn in and assigned portfolios.

Although Abdullahi is believed to have performed creditably, his sack may not be unconnected with his perceived  loyalty to Senator Bukola Saraki who nominated him into the cabinet.

Abdullahi was first appointed Minister of Youth Development in 2011 and later asked to supervise the Sports Ministry. He was later named the  substantive minister of sports in May 2012. But Saraki his godfather, has defected into the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) along with the state governor, Alhaji Ahmed Abdufatah and their followers. Saraki has since then become a standing critic of President Jonathan.

Relieving Abdullahi of his position is therefore seen as a political move to rid the cabinet of those with divided loyalty.

Those sworn in yesterday included: Gen. Aliyu Gusau (rtd) (Zamfara), who will serve as  Minister of Defence;  Boni Haruna (Adamawa) as Minister of Youth Development; and Dr. Tamuno Danagogo from Rivers State, who replaced Abdullahi as Sports Minister.

Others were Senator Muhammadu Musiliu Obanikoro (Lagos) to serve as the Minister of State for Defence, Mohammed Wakil (Borno) will serve as Minister of State for Power; Alhaji Abduljelili Adesiyan (Osun) is the new Minister of Police Affairs, while Ambassador Aminu Wali (Kano) is the  Minister of Foreign Affairs.


Others included Mrs. Akon Eyakenyi (Akwa Ibom), who will serve as the  Minister of Lands and Housing; while Lawrencia Laraba Mallam (Kaduna State) bagged the portfolio of Ministry of Environment.
Minister of State for Agriculture is Hajia Asabe  Asmau Ahmed (Niger), while Dr. Khaliru Alhassan (Sokoto State) is the new Minister of State for Health.

THISDAY gathered that the  president is expected to make further changes to the cabinet in the coming weeks.
While swearing in the ministers, Jonathan noted that being Nigerians, "they have already known the problems projected on a daily basis by the media, which interprets that they have to ensure they excel in their areas of assignments."

According to the president, public work is a public trust and as such the ministers are expected to serve the people by bringing positive and not negative changes.

The president further urged them to work together as a team, as well as working with others.
He equally admonished the ministers to bring their experience to bear on the administration, irrespective of portfolios assigned to them.

Article Credit: Thisday newspaper.

Updated 4 Years ago
 

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