Governor Ahmed Reshuffles Cabinet

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has carried out a minor cabinet reshuffle.

The cabinet reshuffle affected four commissioners and is aimed at giving governance in the state a boost, a statement by the Secretary to the Kwara State Governor, Isiaka Sola Gold said.

According to the statement, Governor Ahmed moved Mr Idris Garba from the Ministry of Energy to the Ministry of Industry and Solid Mineral Resources, while Fumilayo Isiaka Oniwa moves from Ministry of Industry and Solid Mineral Resources to the Ministry of Commerce and Cooperatives.

Mr Ahmed Muhumamed Rifun was posted to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development from the Ministry of Commerce and Cooperatives, while Muideen Olaniyi Alalade, is now the Commissioner for the Energy Ministry. Alalade held sway at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development before the cabinet reshuffle.

The commissioners at to commence work in their new ministries immediately.

Gov. Ambode Sacks Three Commissioners After Cabinet Reshuffle

Akinwunmi Ambode, Three commissioners sackedThe Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has carried out a cabinet reshuffle which also led to the sacking of three commissioners.

Mr Ambode on Wednesday dropped Folorunsho Folarin-Coker who was in charge of Tourism, Dr Mustapha Akinkunmi who was the Finance Commissioner and Dr. Ekundayo Mobereola who oversaw the Transport Ministry.

This cabinet reshuffle comes exactly one year after the Governor constituted his Executive Council, precisely on October 19, 2015.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, the Governor also directed the Special Adviser, Arts and Culture to take over as the Acting Commissioner for Ministry of Tourism and Culture while the Special Adviser on Transportation was asked to take over as the acting Commissioner for Transportation.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance on the other hand, was instructed to take over as the acting Commissioner for Finance pending the appointment of new commissioners in the respective ministries.

While no reason was given for their sack, the statement added that the governor expressed his appreciation to the former commissioners for their service to the state.


Okupe Defends Jonathan’s Process of Ministerial Appointments

Special Adviser to the President on Public Affairs, Mr Doyin Okupe, today defended the nomination and sack of ministers by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr Okupe, speaking from Channels Television’s Abuja studios, insisted that before the President makes his appointments, he certifies “that this person (nominee) is of a good quality, a good calibre and must possess a reasonable intellect, loyalty and patriotism to serve his country.”

Okupe explained that in a parliamentary system of government, members of parliament are mandated to supervise different ministries “that has nothing to do with their profession.” He added that “a man that is qualified, a graduate with good experience; that has distinguished himself in the society and has some sense of loyalty can run any ministry.”

Mr Okupe also vehemently stated that “anybody running a ministry, is not running it by himself, he is running it for and on behalf of the President who has appointed him…he carries on the programme of Mr President.” He emphasized that “each minister is a representative of the President in his ministry”.

Meanwhile, a legal practitioner, Mr Tokunbo Odutola, speaking from the Lagos studios of the multiple-award winning television station, agreed with Mr Okupe on the selection process but was quick to add that the appointment process was “a three pronged process”.

These processes according to Mr Odutola, are the taken from the “legal, political and moral” perspectives. He explained that the legal aspect, as enshrined in the constitution, is for the President to make sure he appoints ministers with each state represented amongst the nominees.

The political provision, he added, allows the President to assign whomever he so wishes to a ministry “because it is his team” and such “reflects on whom our President is”. On the moral aspect, he said that this has to do with the person being nominated, who must be screened to ensure that he or she had not been involved in any criminal activity.

On the newly nominated ministers, he expressed the view that 2015 being just around the corner, “the President would not want to pick anybody who cannot make sure that, if he intends contesting in 2015, he can help him or his party.”

Earlier in the week, one of the ministerial nominees, Mr. Oyewale Adesiyan, from Osun State, told the Senate that he had been wrongfully accused of having a hand in the murder of a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, who was assassinated in his Bodija home, in Ibadan, Oyo State on December 23, 2001, a case for which he was in jail for three and half years.

Although, Adesiyan claimed that his implication in the death was a ‘political blackmail’ by enemies, Mr Odutola said that “morally, the candidate should be dropped”.

Responding to questions from Channels Television viewers via Twitter on whether the President was making the decision to sack some ministers at the right time, Mr Okupe noted that this was “a preposterous question”. He wondered why “Nigerians would vote for a man, if he does not have the capacity to decide what he wants to do, and when he wants to do it.”

He further noted that “the President is the captain of the boat, he knows where he is leading the boat to, and he knows the kind of staff that he needs to assist him to get there.” He insisted that those ministers who were dropped were still useful and they have done nothing wrong.

Cabinet Shuffle: President’s Political Life At Critical Stage – Nweze

A lecturer at the Pan Atlantic University, Austin Nweze, has attributed President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to sack four ministers, including former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, to the current status of the President’s political life, which he described as in a critical stage.

“This is a critical period in the President’s political life because of 2015 and just like we say we in business, it’s not those that help you start a business that will grow the business,” he said, adding that “it’s about time this change was made to enable him begin to look at 2015.”

Another reason he gave for the shake-up was a policy shift in what the administration wants to achieve which would necessitate the injection of new persons into the system.

“It’s normal in the life of any administration that at some point you need new ideas, new people that can add some variant into the policy implementation.”

He further urged the President to have fewer politicians and more technocrats in his cabinet, in order to help him make the economy better than it was.

“The economy is going to play a role in the next election so you need people that can really drive this economy and come up with policies that will turn around events to enable him be in a better state for 2015.”

Commenting on arguments that some ministries are not needed, especially the Ministry of Police Affairs and Ministry of the Niger Delta, Mr Nweze submitted that “the size of government is huge for our size of economy, so anything to trim down” is welcome.

According to the analyst, the creation of the said ministries was a duplication of already existing agencies handling similar tasks.

Asked if some of the ministers would be invited for questioning by anti-corruption agencies since they had been accused of corrupt practices whilst in office, Nweze said “it depends on what they do after now.”

He highlighted that the trend is that when a public officer leaves office and maintains a low profile, he or she is left alone. He however warned that “if other interests are at variance, like if you defect, you’ll see the agencies of EFCC and ICPC coming after them.”

Gov. Amosun Reshuffles Cabinet

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun on Monday November 4 announced a minor cabinet reshuffle.

The exercise which involves 4 Commissioners and 4 Special Advisers to the Governor is to take immediate effect.

In a press statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, those affected include Dr. Lanre Tejuoso who before now was the Commissioner for Environment but has been moved to the Ministry of Youths and Sports.

Mr. Gbenga Otenuga who formerly was the Commissioner for Youths and Sports has now been moved to the Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning.

Also affected are the Commissioners for Forestry, Engr. Ayo Olubori who is now to oversee the Ministry of Environment, while Mr. Adebayo Fari of the Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning now oversees affairs at the Ministry of Forestry.

The affected Special Advisers are the Special Adviser to the Governor on Social Development, Mr. Tunde Sanusi who now moves to the Ministry of Environment; Mrs. Lanre Balogun, hitherto of the Ministry of Environment moves to the Office of Secretary to the State Government.

Others are Mrs. Tinu Shopeju of the Ministry of Agriculture who moves to Commerce and Industry, and Mr. Femi Ogunsola of Commerce and Industry who now moves to Urban and Physical Planning.

Governor Ajimobi Dissolves Entire Cabinet

Oyo state governor, Ajibola Ajimobi has ordered the dismissal of all commissioners, special assistants, and advisers which took effect after council meeting today 23rd September.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi who announced the sack in a statement attributed his decision to a need to bring in fresh hands to provide improved service.

He thanked the commissioners and Special Advisers who made up the executive council for their contributions so far and asked them to hand over to the Permanent Secretaries in their various ministries.

Kwara governor reshuffles cabinet

The Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed on Tuesday approved a minor cabinet reshuffle involving three commissioners.

The Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed

Announcing the reshuffle through a statement in Ilorin, the Secretary to the state government, Isiaka Gold, said the Commissioner for Environment and Forestry, Samuel Bamisaiye was moved to the Ministry for Social Development, Culture and Tourism to replace Ramata Abaya, who is now the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development.

Mr Gold said the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Anthony Towoju was transferred to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry as the new commissioner.

He said the new appointments are with immediate effect.

Mr Gold said the state governor is committed to deploying all strategic human and material resources required for the rapid transformation of the state for the benefit of the people.

Ogun state governor effects minor cabinet reshuffle

The Governor of Ogun state; Ibikunle Amosun has effected a minor cabinet reshuffle saying this is to enable government to invigorate and strengthen the administration to achieve its five-point economic blueprint through the re-building process.

This is according to a press statement signed by the secretary to the state government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa.

Chief Olu Odeyemi, formerly Of the Ministry of Culture & Tourism will move to the Ministry of Special Duties, Hon.  Ayo Olubori, formerly of the Ministry of Agriculture will move to the Ministry of Forestry.

Others are Dr Lanre Tejuosho, formerly of the Ministry of Special Duties will move to the Ministry of the Environment.

Mr Adebayo Fari, formerly of the Ministry of Environment will move to the newly created Ministry of Physical Planning; while Hon. Falilu Adebisi, formerly of the ministry of forestry will move to the ministry of Rural Development.

Meanwhile, the Governor has sent names of Commissioners-designate to the House of Assembly for consideration.

According to the statement, the exercise will take immediate effect.