Obaseki Asks LGs To Submit Nominees To Join Cabinet

Governor Godwin Obaseki


Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has directed wards and local government areas in the state to submit names to be nominated as members of his cabinet, seven months after his inauguration.

Addressing state house correspondents on Wednesday after a meeting with the chief of staff to the president, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Governor Obaseki explained that he delayed in naming members of his cabinet because of the restructuring of the state civil service in order to make it more efficient.

He said having restructured the civil service and introduced technology, he is now ready for the political class to give the needed political direction to the administration.

Meanwhile, the governor also discussed the return of the stolen Benin artifacts with the Chief of Staff.

He revealed plans to set up a Museum in the state, which according to him, after completion would be a major tourist attraction and revenue spinner.

Biden To Announce First Cabinet Appointments On Tuesday

In this file photo taken on November 16, 2020, US President-elect Joe Biden answers questions from the press in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP)


US President-elect Joe Biden will name on Tuesday the first picks to be part of his administration, his chief of staff said, as Donald Trump refuses to concede his loss to the Democrat.

Biden has been pushing ahead with preparations to take over as president in January despite Trump’s moves on multiple fronts to try to undo the results of the November 3 vote.

“You are going to see the first of the president-elect’s cabinet picks on Tuesday of this week,” Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

“You’ll have to wait for the president-elect to say that himself on Tuesday,” he added.

With the clock ticking down to Biden’s January 20 inauguration, Trump’s team has focused on trying to stop battleground states from certifying election results while continuing to pursue   legal challenges that have so far failed.

A Pennsylvania judge on Saturday threw out Donald Trump’s claims of widespread electoral fraud there in a scathing ruling which excoriated the Trump team’s legal strategy.

“Donald Trump’s been rejecting democracy. He has been… launching baseless claims of voter fraud, baseless litigation rejected by 34 courts,” Klain told ABC.

“It’s corrosive, it’s harmful, but… it’s not going to change the outcome of what happens here at 12 noon on Jan. 20: Joe Biden will become the next president of the United States.”


Kogi Governor Bello Dissolves Cabinet


Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has dissolved his cabinet.

While thanking them for their service since he assumed office in 2015, the governor asked them to see themselves as a member of the family.

Bello who spoke to journalists after a valedictory session of the Council told the outgoing members to advise the government whenever the need arises.

Mr Kingsly Fanwo who was formerly the Director-General, Media and Publicity to the governor, is now Special Adviser on Information and Communication.

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The finance commissioner, Idris Hashiru is now Special Adviser on Budget and Planning.

Meanwhile, the governor retained the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Folashade Ayoade Arike.

Similarly, the state Accountant General, Momoh Jibril and the state Auditor General, Mallam Yakubu Okala and the Chief Press Secretary to the governor Mallam Muhammed Onogu were reinstated.

Governor Bello had in November sacked all his special advisers, senior special assistants, special assistants and some heads of boards.

Buhari’s Cabinet Is ‘Heavily Political,’ Says Adebajo

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday swore in 43 ministers into his cabinet and assigned their respective portfolios. Popular economist, Tilewa Adebajo in reaction says the cabinet is ‘heavily political.’

In an interview on Channels Television, Adebajo, who is also the CEO of CFG Advisory said the government needs to run with a clearly defined economic goal to revive the nation’s economy.

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“This is a heavily political cabinet with ex-governors and ex-senators dominating. What is more important now is for the government to put together a clearly defined policy that will stimulate growth in the Nigerian economy,” he said.

Adebajo also stressed that economic indicators are negative and the nation’s economy might be heading for recession if the Federal Government does not go back to the drawing board.

“With the way Nigeria’s economy is going if caution is not taken, as the CBN has said we will be heading for a recession.

“The key economic indicators are not very positive. Right now, we are about over $70billion in debt. We are using 65% of our revenues to service debts, clearly, this is not sustainable.

“It is important that the government take a look at its economic recovery growth plan.”

The need to revamp Buhari’s administration’s economic plan is vital. Adebajo added that there is a need for the government to tell Nigerians their plan on how the economy will be handled.

He said, “What we need is a plan that can grow the economy.”

Portfolios Of Women Who Made It To Buhari’s Cabinet

Top row (L-R): President Muhammadu Buhari, Maryam Katagum, Pauline Tallen, Sharon Ikeazu Bottom row (L-R): Gbemisola Saraki, Sadiya Umar Faruk, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Ramatu Tijani Aliyu,


President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated his long-awaited cabinet in Abuja.

The inauguration took place in Abuja on Wednesday. Right after the ministers were sworn in, the President assigned portfolios to all 43.

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Here are the seven women who made it to the cabinet and their portfolios:

1. Sharon Ikeazu (Anambra) – Minister of State Environment.


2. Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara) – Minister of State for Transportation.


3. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu (Kogi) – Minister of State for FCT.


4. Sadiya Umar Faruk (Zamfara) – Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.


5. Pauline Tallen (Plateau) – Minister of Women Affairs


6. Amb. Maryam Katagum – (Bauchi) – Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment.


7. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed (Kaduna) – Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning.



It’s Worrisome Buhari Hasn’t Announced Cabinet, Says Odumakin

The Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin.


The Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for the delay in constituting his cabinet describing the situation as worrisome.

During an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday,  Odumakin decried the absence of a cabinet, 21 days after Buhari’s inauguration for a second term in office.

“I think that what is going on, 21 days (after the inauguration) and no announcement made yet, is worrisome.

“It is worrisome because when you look at South Africa when President Cyril Ramaphosa came into power recently, it didn’t take him a week to have his cabinet in place,” he said.

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Odumakin, who is also Buhari’s former spokesman at the now-defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), also faulted the process the President used in retaining some appointees.

While noting that there are some portfolios don’t need National Assembly’s approval, he wondered why the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Chief of Staff to President, Abba Kyari and presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu among others have retained their positions without being reappointed.

“If the appointment that does not require going to the Senate is not being made and old people continue to function in a way that is not so legal, it gives (cause for some worry). Even the President himself did not rely on the oath he took in 2015, he had to take a new oath.”

British PM May To Meet Ministers Amid Reported Moves To Oust Her

British Prime Minister Theresa May/ AFP


British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Monday chair a potentially volatile meeting of her cabinet amid reports of an attempted coup by colleagues over her handling of Brexit.

May will meet the very ministers said to be plotting to oust her at the start of another crucial week in Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, which could see MPs seize control of the process from the government.

Lawmakers are set to vote later Monday on whether to force through the House of Commons a series of so-called “indicative votes” to gauge support for various Brexit options.

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Meanwhile, May must decide when, or even if, to ask them to vote again on her divorce deal — finalised with the EU last year — which they have already overwhelmingly rejected twice.

Under a new timetable imposed by European leaders last week, she now has until April 12 to win MPs’ backing for the agreement or find a viable alternative which could include a lengthy extension to Brexit.

However, after a disastrous last week, the increasingly isolated leader spent the weekend ensconced at her country residence Chequers “at the mercy of a full-blown cabinet coup”, according to the Sunday Times.

The newspaper said it had spoken to 11 senior ministers who “confirmed that they wanted the prime minister to make way for someone else” and planned to confront her at Monday’s cabinet.

Such gatherings usually take place on Tuesdays but Downing Street confirmed one was scheduled for 10:00 am (1000 GMT) Monday.

Ministers identified as potential interim replacements played down the reports.

“It’s not the time to change the captain of the ship,” said Environment Minister and leading Brexiteer Michael Gove.

But Brexit-backing tabloid The Sun, Britain’s best-selling daily, called for May to announce Monday that she will resign as soon as her deal is approved and Britain leaves the EU.

Under the headline “Time’s up, Theresa”, the paper said that was the “only one, slim chance” her deal would have of getting parliamentary backing.

 ‘Sufficient support’ 

Parliament has been deadlocked for months over Brexit, with MPs unable to decide how to implement the 2016 referendum vote to leave, reflecting bitter divisions nationwide.

On Saturday, organisers estimated one million pro-Europeans marched through central London demanding another public vote on leaving the bloc.

Meanwhile, an online petition demanding Brexit be halted passed five million signatures on Sunday.

Following last week’s delay to the country’s March 29 scheduled departure — which MPs must still vote into law this week — the way forward remains highly unpredictable.

If May’s deal finally wins parliamentary approval Britain will leave the EU on May 22.

It was expected to face another vote this week but the prime minister has told lawmakers signs of “sufficient support” are needed first.

With her parliamentary allies the Democratic Unionist Party indicating Friday that they remain opposed to her plan, that appears lacking.

On Sunday Tory Brexiteers outside government, including influential MP Jacob Rees-Mogg and former foreign minister Boris Johnson — widely seen as wanting to replace May — travelled to Chequers for talks.

“It’s looking very difficult to bring together a majority for it,” finance minister Philip Hammond earlier conceded to Sky News.

However, “one way or another parliament is going to have the opportunity this week to decide what it is in favour of,” he added.

 ‘Constitutional collision’ 

MPs will resume debate on Brexit on Monday with the chance to vote on an amendment tabled by a cross-party group of senior lawmakers scheduling “indicative votes” on Wednesday.

A similar move earlier this month failed by just two votes.

If passed, lawmakers will be able to vote on various options, from stopping Brexit altogether or holding a second referendum to remaining in a customs union with the EU or its single market.

MPs may then try to turn their non-binding votes into enforceable law.

Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay, an ardent eurosceptic, warned Sunday it could prompt a general election because most alternatives go against Conservative manifesto promises in the 2017 election.

“There is a constitutional collision if parliament is instructing a government to do something that is fundamentally against what it has been elected to do,” he told the BBC.

But in a sign of the splits within the cabinet, Hammond appeared more open-minded if May’s deal remains blocked.

In a departure from government policy, he described holding a second referendum as “a coherent proposition and it deserves to be considered along with the other proposals”.


Saudi King Names New Foreign Minister In Govt Reshuffle

File photo: King Salman of Saudi Arabia


King Salman of Saudi Arabia appointed a new foreign minister in a government reshuffle Thursday, a royal decree said.

Ibrahim al-Assaf will replace Adel al-Jubeir, the foreign ministry said citing the decree.

Jubeir will be demoted to minister of state for foreign affairs, it added.



South Africa President Reshuffles Cabinet Ahead Of Election

Cyril Ramaphosa Photo: Glyn KIRK / AFP


South African President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled a limited cabinet reshuffle Thursday ahead of elections in May when the ruling ANC party will seek to turn around its decline in popularity.

In the most significant of three appointments, Siyabonga Cwele, 60, was moved from the telecommunications ministry to replace former home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba.

Gigaba — who resigned last week — was an ally of former president Jacob Zuma, who was ousted earlier this year by the ANC amid mounting graft scandals.

Announcing the changes, Ramaphosa said he wanted “an appropriate mix” of experience, capability, gender and generation in his cabinet.

The late environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa, who died in September, was replaced by former communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane, 55.

In a sign of Ramaphosa’s wish to slim down the government, Stella Ndabeni Abrahams, 41, was named head of a new department merging communications, telecommunications and the postal services.

“The merging is the first wave,” Ramaphosa said.

The ANC has dominated South African politics since the end of apartheid but has seen its vote share fall in recent elections.

Ramaphosa will lead the party in next year’s general election which comes as the country grapples with stubbornly high unemployment and slow growth.

The South African Reserve Bank on Thursday raised the benchmark lending rate for the first time in more than two years, as it balances price rises with the weak economy.

South Africa, Africa’s most advanced economy, slipped into recession in the second quarter of this year.


Putin Urges New Cabinet To Drive Change

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a joint press conference with his French counterpart following their talks at the Konstantin Palace in Strelna, outside Saint Petersburg, on May 24, 2018.
Ludovic MARIN / AFP


Russian President, Vladimir Putin, on Saturday called on his new government to work to bring about “change in all areas of life”.

“You must take the initiative … have a modern management style,” Putin told ministers at the first cabinet meeting in the Kremlin since they were appointed on May 18.

“The engine of change in all areas of life must be found here and the whole country has to feel its rhythm,” he said.

“Serve as an example of constructive cooperation” with civil society, Putin told the gathering which included Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev.

Putin swept to election victory on March 18 after 18 years in power and has stuck with his close ally Medvedev.

Key cabinet posts have remained unchanged with veteran Sergei Lavrov holding on to the foreign ministry and Sergei Shoigu defence.

Despite Putin’s call for change his fourth term in the Kremlin had not been expected to see of a switch of direction.

Recent years have been particularly turbulent for Moscow’s ties with the West and seen economic austerity alongside conservative social values.

The most significant move in the new cabinet was the promotion of Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, who kept the finance portfolio, to first deputy prime minister — the second most important position in government.

Vitaly Mutko — at the heart of institutional doping allegations against Russian athletes — stayed on as a deputy prime minister but lost his sports remit. He was put in charge of construction.


Liberia’s Weah Makes First Cabinet Appointments

Liberia’s president-elect and former football star George Weah delivers a speech during his swearing-in ceremony on January 22, 2018 in Monrovia.


New Liberian President George Weah has appointed the first members of his cabinet, all of them men, largely naming party allies but picking a foreign minister close to former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Ex-international footballer Weah was sworn in on Monday at a stadium surrounded by ecstatic supporters, and filled some key ministerial posts later the same day.

In his inaugural speech, Weah vowed to crack down on entrenched corruption and encourage the private sector.

But the picks from his party come from outside the establishment and do not have significant government experience, potentially setting up a struggle with entrenched interests in the national congress.

The lack of women so far in the cabinet may also raise eyebrows after 12 years under Sirleaf, who pushed for women to enter public life and strengthened protections against abuse and female genital mutilation as her final act in office.

Weah’s right-hand man is the chairman of his Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party, Nathaniel McGill, who becomes minister of state and chief of staff.

He guided the president through a bruising electoral campaign last year and was already his top aide.

Senior CDC figure Samuel Tweah becomes finance secretary, while Liberian lawyer Charles Gibson, a friend of Weah’s, becomes Justice Minister.

Sam Mannah, the president’s press aide from his years as a senator, becomes his press secretary.

Outgoing president Sirleaf has left her mark, however, with the appointment of former Unity Party senator Gbehzohngar Findley to the key post of foreign minister.

Findley began 2017’s presidential campaign supporting Sirleaf’s vice-president, Joseph Boakai, who lost to Weah in December.

But he switched allegiance in August, resigned from the party and began openly backing Weah as it became clear that Sirleaf would not campaign for Boakai.

Sirleaf faced accusations she secretly supported Weah, eventually leading to her expulsion from the Unity Party last month.

Elsewhere, the chief of staff of Liberia’s armed forces, Major General Daniel Ziankhan, becomes defence minister, while his deputy, Brigadier General Charles Johnson, succeeds him in the position.

Johnson captained the army team that played Weah’s veterans’ side in a friendly game on Saturday, when he told AFP that Weah was “already started to hear some of the challenges that we are experiencing.”

Meanwhile, members of Sirleaf’s transition team including Information Minister Eugene Nagbe, Education Minister George Werner, Sirleaf’s stepson Varney Sirleaf, and the heads of the police and government services, remain in their posts for now.

The handover from Sirleaf to Weah represents Liberia’s first democratic transfer of power since 1944, and cements impressions Liberia has finally moved on from a war that killed around a quarter of a million people between 1989 and 2003.


Zimbabwe’s New President Urges Public Unity As Cabinet Sworn In

Zimbabwe’s incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa gestures as he speaks to supporters at Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party headquarters in Harare on November 22. MARCO LONGARI / AFP

Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, called for public unity to revive the country’s sickly economy as his new cabinet took office on Monday.

“I have sworn in a new cabinet just to finish the term of the former president, which is a period of six to seven months,” Mnangagwa said after the new ministers took the oath of office at state house.

“I believe with my team we will stand up to the challenge.”

“I want them (Zimbabweans) to be united, we must grow our economy,” he added.

Mnangagwa was seen as favourite to succeed long-time ruler Robert Mugabe but then fell out with his boss.

Mugabe dismissed him after the then first lady, Grace Mugabe, accused him of plotting to topple her husband.

He briefly went into exile, returning after the army stepped in and the ruling party expelled Mugabe and a coterie of allies. The veteran ruler resigned on November 21 after 37 years in power.

Mnangagwa, chosen by the ruling party to replace Mugabe, appointed a new cabinet on Thursday.

He drew criticism for retaining the majority of ministers who served under 93-year-old Mugabe and appointing officers from the military which played a key role in the events leading to his ascent to power.

The 22-member cabinet includes Air Marshal Perrance Shiri, who was appointed agriculture and lands minister, and Major General Sibusiso Moyo, who is now in charge of foreign affairs.

Both officials had to relinquish their army positions, as they are not permitted to hold two posts.

“When I was in the military I was under (the) ministry of defence, which is part of government and who says military should never be politicians,” Shiri told reporters after he was sworn-in.

“I am Zimbabwean, I have got every right to participate in the country’s politics,” he said.

The new president also reinstated prosecutor general, Ray Goba, who was named under Mugabe in September but whose appointment was rescinded the following month.

Mnangagwa has issued a three-month ultimatum for the return of funds siphoned out of the country by individuals and corporates.