Senate Confirms Seven Ministerial Nominees

A file photo of lawmakers in the Senate chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

The Senate has confirmed seven persons nominated as ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari. 

They were confirmed on Wednesday following a screening at the upper chamber of the National Assembly. The exercise was presided over by Senate President Ahmed Lawan.

The development came days after President Buhari appointed the ministers and wrote to the Senate, seeking their confirmation.

Four of the newly-confirmed ministers are from four south-east states; with one appointee each from the north-west, south-west, and south-south regions.


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The new appointees include Henry Ikechukwu – Abia State, Umana Okon Umana – Akwa-Ibom State, Ekuma Joseph – Ebonyi State, Goodluck Nana Obia – Imo State, Umar Ibrahim Yakub – Kano State, Ademola Adewole Adegorioye – Ondo State, and Odo Udi – Rivers State.

They were named following the resignation of some cabinet members who quit their positions to seek elective posts in the just-concluded primary elections of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

A former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi; ex-Akwa Ibom governor, Godswill Akpabio; Ogbonnaya Onu and Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba were among ministers who resigned to contest for the APC presidential ticket – which none of them won.

Their resignation was in line with the provisions of Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act which mandates that “no political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the convention or congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election”.

Guinea-Bissau President Sacks Three Ministers Just After One Day

A video grab made on February 2, 2022, shows Guinea-Bissau’s president Umaro Sissoco Embalo delivering a speech in Bissau on February 1, 2022. AFP

 

Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo on Friday sacked three ministers a day after appointing them when they failed to show up for a swearing-in ceremony, according to a decree and the presidency.

The three “shall be removed from office”, said the ruling, naming education minister Tcherno Djalo, natural resources minister Fernando Dias and energy and industry minister Mario Fambe.

The trio did not take part in the swearing-in of the new government on Friday and “provided no explanation to justify their absence”, the presidency said in a statement.

They are all members of the Party for Social Renewal (PRS), part of the ruling coalition led by the president’s Madem party.

Embalo announced a new 36-member government on Thursday.

“We sent him a list of leaders selected to be part of the new government,” a PRS official told AFP, asking not to be named.

“He did not take it into account. He did what he felt like. He’s responsible for what happens next.”

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Embalo dissolved Guinea-Bissau’s parliament on May 16 and announced early parliamentary elections to resolve a long-running political crisis.

Prime Minister Nuno Gomes Nabiam kept his job in the reshuffle.

The elections are set for December 18 in the notoriously unstable former Portuguese colony of two million people.

Bissau has suffered four military coups since 1974, most recently in 2012

In 2014, Guinea-Bissau vowed to return to democracy, but it has enjoyed little stability since and the armed forces wield substantial clout.

Eleven people died in February in violence described as an attempted coup.

AFP

UPDATED: Buhari Meets With Outgoing Ministers, Thanks Them For Their Service

President Muhammadu Buhari (M) flanked by outgoing Niger Delta Minister, Sen Godswill Akapbio, outgoing Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federal, Abubakar Malami (SAN); Minister of State Mines and Steels, Hon Uche Ogah; Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen Christ Ngige and Minister of State Petroleum, Timiprey Sylva; Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu; Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, and Minister of State Niger Delta, Tayo Alasoadua. With them is SGF Mr. Boss Mustapha and Chief of Staff Prof Ibrahim Gambari during a meeting with the outgoing ministers of the Federal Executive Council at the Council Chambers, State House. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 13TH 2022

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with ministers who are seeking elective offices in 2023 and thanked them for their services to the nation. 

In a valedictory session at the Council Chamber in Abuja on Friday, Buhari appreciated them for their cooperation. He also admonished other members of the cabinet to be more diligent and committed to the success of the administration.

On whether former President Goodluck Jonathan has joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), he stated that the party is in the best position to know.

During a briefing after the session with the outgoing ministers, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed that ten of them were leaving.

According to him, some of the ministers have tendered their resignation while the others are in the process of doing so.

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Those who were at the meeting include the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Uche Ogar; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Women Affairs Pauline Tallen.

Others are the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Goodwill Akpabio; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation,  Ogbonnaya Onu.

 

Nine were physically present while the former Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, who is the tenth, was absent.

The meeting follows the President’s recent directive to all ministers and political appointees contesting for various elective positions to resign from their appointments on or before Monday, May 16, 2022.

Nine Ministers Seeking Elective Positions Resign After Buhari’s Order

Buhari during a valedictory session with the ministers.

 

Nine ministers seeking elective positions in the 2023 elections have tendered their resignations.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, after a valedictory held for the outgoing members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the State House in Abuja.

He said that ten ministers in total are leaving. Nine were physically present while the former Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, who is the tenth minister, was absent.

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During the event, President Muhammadu Buhari thanked them for their services to the name, urging the rest of the cabinet members to remain dedicated to their work.

Their resignation followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to ministers and other political appointees seeking elective offices to resign from their posts.

Ministers Not Sacked For Weak Performance, Says Adesina


The Presidency has clarified that President Muhammadu Buhari did not sack two members of his cabinet because of their weak performance.

President Buhari’s media adviser, Femi Adesina, made the clarification when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday.

“If you look at the President’s statement, in no place will you see that; not at all. In no place will you see those words that performance was weak, he didn’t say that,” he said.

“Rather, he said he had called them personally to thank them for their services to the country and so, they needed to move on to other things and he replaced them; in no place did he say that their performance was weak.”

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No Red Card

More than two years into his second term in the highest office in the land, President Buhari relieved the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammed Nanono, as well as the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, of their duties on Wednesday.

Although no definite reason was given for the President’s action, speculations emerged that the sacking of the ministers could not be far from their performance.

 

A combination of file photos of Mr Mohammed Nanono and Mr Saleh Mamman.

 

While Adesina acknowledged that the President must have had reasons for dropping the two ministers, he insisted that there was no place it was said that their performance was weak.

He described the claim of weak performance as speculation from those who have been analysing matters, stressing the fact that the President said he had reviewed the performance of the cabinet and he needed to reinvigorate for the last run.

“The government is just but 20 months left and the President said he wanted to consolidate on legacy performance and legacy project,” the presidential spokesman said.

“There are areas of improvement in those two sectors – agriculture and power; we can always improve in whatever we do, but the President must have what he wants to achieve in those two areas within the 20 months left in government, and maybe that was why he did what he did.

“It was by no means a red card on their performance; no, he didn’t say that in that speech.”

FEC Holds In Abuja, Members Observe A Minute Silence In Honour Of Three Late Ex-Ministers

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presided over the 31st virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha were physically in attendance.

Before the meeting, the council observed a minute silence for three former ministers: Alhaji Dauda Birma, Alhaji Mohammadu Gambo Jimeta And Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the FEC meeting on January 27, 2021.

 

Dauda Birma who served as the Minister of Education from 1997 to 1998, died on the 5th January 2021 at the age of 80.

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Mohammadu Gambo Jimeta died on the 21st January, at the age of 83. He was the Minister of Agriculture from 1997 to 1995-1997.

Abdullai Ibrahim was Minister of Education, Science, and Technology as well as transport aviation between 1984 and 1985.

See more photos from the FEC meeting below…

South-West Ministers Ask FG To Probe Lekki Shooting

A combination of photos from the scene of the Lekki #EndSARS protest on October 20, 2020.

 

Ministers from the South West have asked the Federal Government to launch a thorough investigation into the shooting at the Lekking tollgate area of Lagos State.

This formed part of the recommendations by the ministers to the Federal Executive Council during the virtual meeting held on Wednesday.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, briefed State House correspondents in Abuja on what was discussed at the end of the meeting.

“We urged that the Federal Government should undertake a thorough investigation into what happened in the Lekki Toll Plaza, particularly the role of the military and ensure that the outcome is made public with a view to achieving closure on the matter,” he said.

On October 20, a group of armed security operatives believed to be soldiers shot at a crowd of youths participating in the #EndSARS protest in Lekki.

While the military has since denied involvement in the shooting, the incident was widely condemned with calls for a thorough probe.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, briefs State House correspondents in Abuja at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting which held on November 4, 2020.

 

Following the violence which left many government and private properties destroyed in Lagos, the south-west ministers sought support from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) or any other funding mechanism to support small and medium businesses affected by the looting and arson in the state.

They also urged the government to consider supporting the Lagos High Court judges with the provision of some office accommodation as a temporary relocation after rampaging youths destroyed some courts and police stations in Lagos.

“The highlight of the brief was to make recommendations to the Federal Government to support Lagos State to restore damaged facilities, especially those related to the maintenance of law and order and the administration of justice such as police, court buildings and forensic laboratory,” Fashola told the reporters.

He added, “And to also ensure that whatever is approved should also involve the National Economic Council, the platform on which state governors meet so that other states across the country who were also affected, (where) businesses were damaged can benefit in addition to Lagos residents who may so be supported.”

The minister revealed that the Federal Executive Council has approved an additional N47.5 billion for the Oyo-Ogbomosho Highway, and N9.3 billion for the bridge across the River Benue linking it with Nasarawa State.

Half of Chilean Senate, Four Ministers In COVID-19 Quarantine

A health worker puts on a protective suit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, outside a hospital, in Santiago, on May 18, 2020. MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP.

 

Around half of Chile’s 50-member senate and four ministers have been placed in quarantine after coming into contact with at least three colleagues infected with the novel coronavirus, officials said Monday, as jobless protesters in a poor area of Santiago clashed with police to demand food aid.

Finance Minister Ignacio Briones and Chief of Staff Felipe Ward both wrote on Twitter that they had tested negative for the virus but were in quarantine until a second test is conducted.

Briones said he was tested on Friday, due to his “regular contact with” infected senator Jorge Pizarro on the Senate finance committee, and has since begun “preventative quarantine.”

The ministers of the interior and social development are also in isolation.

At the end of last week, around 20 legislators began isolation after meeting with Pizarro and another infected senator.

Last Wednesday, Chile recorded a 60 percent spike in daily coronavirus cases despite a month and a half of preventative measures, including a selective lockdown.

Last week, the government imposed a total lockdown on the capital Santiago, which has recorded more than 80 percent of the country’s 46,000 cases. There had also been 478 deaths as of Monday.

Violence broke out Monday in El Bosque, a crowded, poor area on the outskirts of Santiago, as angry people wielding sticks erected barricades and threw rocks at riot police, who fought back with tear gas and water cannon.

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“It is not because of the quarantine. It is aid, food, what people are asking for right now,” Veronica Abarca, who lives in El Bosque, told AFP.

The protests came one day after the government of President Sebastian Pinera said it would distribute 2.5 million packages of food to the poorest people in Chile.

Last month, the government said it would hand out vouchers worth around $300 each to some 4.5 million low-income people, but the money was never distributed.

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Buhari’s Ministers, Secondus, Others Storm Courtroom As Tribunal Rules On Atiku’s Petition

National Chairman of the APC, Adam Oshiomhole; Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola and the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige at the Tribunal on Wednesday, September 9, 2019. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV.

 

Ministers on the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday stormed the courtroom as tribunal rules on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Atiku Abubakar.

They include Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige; Minister of Works and Housing, Raji Fashola, Minister of State for Niger Delta, Festus Keyamo; Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami.

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Also present in court is President Buhari’s Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari who was a witness for the president at the tribunal.

Some state governors were also in attendance. They include Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu; Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, among others.

The main opposition party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is also represented as the Chairman, Uche Secondus is in attendance. Adam Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC was also in the courtroom filled with many other top individuals.

See photos from the Tribunal below…

       

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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.”

Buhari Assigns Portfolios To Ministers (FULL LIST)

 

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

The President also assigned portfolios to the ministers.

The list of ministers and their portfolios are listed below:

1 Uchechukwu Samson Ogah (Abia) – Minister of State Mines And Steel.

2. Muhammadu Bello (Adamawa) – Minister of FCT.

3. God’swill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) – Minister of Niger delta.

4. Dr Chris Ngige (Anambra ) – Minister of Labour and Employment.

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

6. Adamu Adamu – (Bauchi) – Minister of Education.

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

8. Timipre Silva (Bayelsa) – Minister of State for Petroleum.

9. Sen. George Akume (Benue) – Minister for Special Duties

10. Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno) – Minister of State for Agriculture.

11. Godwin Jedi-Agba (Cross River) – Minister of State for Power.

12. Festus Keyamo (Delta) – Minister of State for Niger Delta.

13. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi) – Minister of Science and Technology

14. Dr. Osagie Ehanire (Edo) – Minister of Health

15. Clement Ikanade Agba (Edo) – Minister of State for Budget and National Planning.

16. Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti) – Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment.

17. Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu) Minister for Foreign Affairs.

18. Dr. Ali Isa Pantami (Gombe) – Minister for Communication.

19. Emeka Nwajuba (Imo) – Minister of State for Education.

20. Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa) Minister for Water Resources

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

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22. Dr. Mohammad Mahmoud (Kaduna) – Minister for Environment

23. Mohammed Sabo Nanono (Kano) – Minister for Agriculture

24. Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) – (Kano) – Minister of Defence

25. Hadi Sirika (Katsina) – Minister for Aviation

26. Abubakar Malami (Kebbi), Honorable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

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

28. Lai Mohammed (Kwara) Minister of Information and Culture.

29. Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara) Minister of State for Transportation.

30. Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos) – Minister for Works and Housing

31. Adeleke Mamora (Lagos) – Minister of State for Health

32. Mohammed A. Abdullahi (Nasarawa) – Minister of State for Science & Tech.

33. Amb. Zubairu Dada (Niger) – Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

34. Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun) – Minister For Mines & Steel Development.

35. Sen. Omotayo Alasuadura (Ondo) – Minister of State for Labour.

36. Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) – Minister for Interior.

37.  Sunday Dare (Oyo) – Minister Youth and Sports.

38. Dame Pauline Tallen (Plateau) – Women Affairs.

39. Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) – Minister for Transportation.

40. Mohammed Maigari Dangyadi (Sokoto) – Minister for Police Affairs.

41. Engr. Sale Mamman (Taraba) – Minister for Power.

42. Abubakar D. Aliyu (Yobe) Minister of State for Works and Housing.

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

Top Photos From Ministerial Inauguration Ceremony

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated his cabinet, about a week shy of three months after he was sworn-in as President. 

At a ceremony that was well attended by top government officials, the ministers were sworn in following citations, oath taking exercises.

After the swearing-in exercise, the President handed each minister a portfolio.

Below are top photos from the very colorful event.

Credit: Sodiq Adelakun.

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