President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated 43 ministers into the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for his second term administration.
The president presided over the inauguration ceremony that took place at the State House, Abuja on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
The ministers took their oaths of office shortly after Boss Mustapha took his as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation who Buhari reappointed last month.
The president also reappointed himself the Minister of Petroleum Resources.
While delivering his remarks after the oaths of office, Buhari appealed to the ministers to work diligently to improve security, grow a diversified economy and fight corruption.
“You were chosen from each of the 36 States of the Federation and, most importantly, you share my commitment to working tirelessly for the people of this country and to achieving a future where every Nigerian can reach his/her full potential,” he said.
Below is a full list of the ministers and their portfolios:
- Uchechukwu Ogah – Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development
- Muhammad Bello – Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
- Godswill Akpabio – Minister of Niger Delta
- Chris Ngige – Minister of Labour and Employment
- Sharon Ikeazu – Minister of State for Environment
- Adamu Adamu – Minister of Education
- Mariam Katagum – Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment
- Timipre Silva – Minister of State for Petroleum Resources
- George Akume – Minister of Special Duties and International Affairs
- Mustapha Shehuri – Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development
- Godwin Agba – Minister of State for Power
- Festus Keyamo – Minister of State for Niger Delta
- Ogbonnaya Onu – Minister of Science and Technology
- Osagie Ehanire – Minister of Health
- Clement Agba – Minister of State for Budget and National Planning
- Adeniyi Adebayo – Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment
- Geoffery Onyeama – Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Ali Isa Ibrahim Pantami – Minister of Communication
- Emeka Nwajuba – Minister of State for Education
- Suleiman Adamu – Minister of Water Resources
- Zainab Ahmed – Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning
- Mohammed Mahmoud – Minister of Environment
- Sabo Nanono – Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
- Bashir Magashi – Minister of Defence
- Muhammadu Buhari – Minister of Petroleum Resources
- Hadi Sirika – Minister of Aviation
- Abubakar Malami – Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation
- Ramatu Tijani – Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
- Lai Mohammed – Minister of Information and Culture
- Gbemisola Saraki – Minister of State for Transportation
- Babatunde Fashola – Minister of Works and Housing
- Adeleke Mamora – Minister of State for Health
- Mohammed Abdullahi – Minister of State for Science and Technology
- Zubairu Dada – Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
- Olamilekan Adegbite – Minister of Mines and Steel Development
- Tayo Alasoadura – Minister of State for Labour and Employment
- Rauf Aregbesola – Minister of Interior
- Sunday Dare – Minister of Sports and Youth Development
- Pauline Tallen – Minister of Women Affairs
- Rotimi Amaechi – Minister of Transportation
- Mohammed Dangadi – Minister of Police Affairs
- Saleh Mamman – Minister of Power
- Abubakar Aliyu – Minister of State for Works and Housing
- Sadiya Umar Faruk – Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development
Details of IBB’s meeting with lawmakers in Minna revealed
Former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, on Thursday, told members of the Niger State House of Assembly, that they have met the expectations of the people.
IBB stated this when the lawmakers visited him at his Uphill home in Minna.
“I have been looking forward to meeting with you.
“I am proud to say that you have been doing well. You are meeting our expectations.
“We have heard of states lacking synergy among the arms of the government, but in Niger State that should not be your lot.
“Keep a good working relationship between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. You have been doing this and I want you to keep it up.
“You are closer to the people. It is your responsibility to know what the people need and carry them along all the time. Do not leave them outside your projects and programmes,” he said.
Speaker Abdullahi Bawa Wuse explained that they visited the former President, to get the blessings required to run the legislature effectively.
“We are here to get the blessing of our father; this is because we know your concern and commitment to the development of this state and Nigeria.
“Outside office, you have done more than you did while in office. Your role as a father in the nation has ensured that Nigeria remains indivisible,” Bawa said.
Tribunal upholds Ikpeazu’s election, dismisses Alex Otti’s petition
The three-man panel of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, and chaired by Justice A.L. Ogumoye, has dismissed the petition filed by 2019 APGA gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Alex Otti against the declaration of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu.
The tribunal ruled that the petitioner failed to prove the case of over-voting, non-compliance to the INEC election guideline and electoral act.
Recall that Alex Otti had asked the tribunal to cancel fifteen out of the seventeen local government areas’ election results in Abia State.
Otti claimed that the respondents, PDP, and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu who was the governorship candidate of PDP perpetrated excessive malpractice in those LGAs in the last March 9, 2019, election conducted in the state.
Importers Smuggling Rice In Tyres, Says Economist
Due to the closure of Nigeria’s borders with Benin Republic, rice smugglers are seeking out more devious ways of importing the product into the country.
National Coordinator of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria, Dr Oladapo Ganiyu, while speaking with SaharaReporters said that people have resulted to fitting bags of rice into tyres of automobiles.
Ganiyu, who claims this method is carcinogenic, said the border closure was untimely.
He said, “The closure of the border now is untimely. People are now packing rice inside tyres.
“When the four tyres are rolling, will you suspect there is rice there? The way they are bringing it in, it can cause cancer.
“The people I have spoken with on commercial buses and market women, say the rice is not sweet and it takes time to cook.”
Speaking further, Ganiyu said ICEN will give the government’s new economic team six months before judging their performance.
For over 30 days, Nigeria’s border with Benin Republic and parts of its Northern border with Niger Republic had been closed.
Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, insists that the border closure will not cease until concerned West African states stop the smuggling of parboiled rice from their country into Nigeria.
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