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Inauguration of ministers-designate commences at Presidential Villa


Inauguration of ministers-designate commences at Presidential Villa

Story from Christine TOBECHUKWU, Abuja

On Monday, August 21, 2023, President Bola Tinubu’s cabinet nominees solemnly took their oaths of office at the hallowed halls of the Presidential Villa.

The path to the swearing-in ceremony began with the nomination of 28 individuals for ministerial positions. Subsequently, President Tinubu submitted an additional 19 names to the Senate for screening, ultimately setting the stage for today’s inauguration ceremony.

The State House Conference Centre was abuzz with anticipation and excitement as these distinguished men and women embarked on their new roles in service to the nation.

The event followed closely on the heels of President Tinubu’s strategic reshuffling of his cabinet, marking a swift response to public demand.

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On the eve of the inauguration, President Tinubu made a significant announcement, appointing Engr. Abubakar Momoh from Edo State as the substantive Minister for Niger Delta Development. This decision was a direct response to the passionate appeals from the region, which had felt neglected in the initial portfolio allocation.

Among the prominent figures now steering the ship of Nigeria’s ministries are Nyesom Wike, former Rivers State governor, who will oversee the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and Festus Keyamo, who takes the helm at the Ministry of Aviation.

The list of ministers and their portfolios reads as follows:

Bosun Tijani – Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy.

Ishak Salaco – Minister of State, Environment, and Ecological Management.

Wale Edun – Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy.

Bunmi Tunji – Minister of Marine and Blue Economy.

Adedayo Adelabu – Minister of Power.

Tunisia Alausa – Minister of State, Health, and Social Welfare.

Dele Alake – Minister of Solid Minerals Development.

Lola Ade-John – Minister of Tourism.

Adegboyega Oyetola – Minister of Transportation.

Doris Anite – Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment.

Uche Nnaji – Minister of Innovation, Science, and Technology.

Nkiruka Onyejeocha – Minister of State, Labour, and Employment.

Uju Kennedy – Minister of Women Affairs.

David Umahi – Minister of Works.

Festus Keyamo – Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development.

Abubakar Momoh – Minister of Youth.

Betta Edu – Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

Ekperikpe Ekpo – Minister of State, Gas Resources.

Heineken Lokpobiri – Minister of State, Petroleum Resources.

John Enoh – Minister of Sports Development.

Nyesom Wike – Minister of Federal Capital Territory.

Hannatu Musawa – Minister of Art, Culture, and the Creative Economy.

Mohammed Badaru – Minister of Defence.

Bello Matawalle – Minister of State Defence.

Yusuf T. Sunumu – Minister of State Education.

Ahmed M. Dangiwa – Minister of Housing and Urban Development.

Abdullah T. Gwarzo – Minister of State, Housing and Urban Development.

Atiku Bagudu – Minister of Budget and Economic Planning.

Mairiga Mahmud – Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory.

Bello M. Goronyo – Minister of State, Water Resources and Sanitation.

Abubakar Kyar – Minister of Agriculture and Food Security.

Tahir Maman – Minister of Education.

Sa’Idu A. Alkali – Minister of Interior.

Yusuf M. Tuggar – Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Ali Pate – Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare.

Ibrahim Geidam – Minister of Police Affairs.

U. Maigari Ahmadu – Minister of State, Steel Development.

Shuaibu A. Audu – Minister of Steel Development.

Muhammed Idris – Minister of Information and National Orientation.

Lateef Fagbemi – Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

Simon B. Lalong – Minister of Labour and Employment.

Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim – Minister of State, Police Affairs.

Zephaniah Jisalo – Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs.

Joseph Utsev – Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation.

Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi – Minister of State, Agriculture and Food Security.

Isiaq Salako – Minister of Environment and Ecological Management.

The inauguration signifies a new era of governance and policy implementation as these ministers embark on their respective journeys to contribute to the growth and development of Nigeria.

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