Buhari Swears In Seven New Ministers, Redeploys Others

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has carried out a minor cabinet reshuffle reassigning four ministers to new positions and swearing in seven new ones.

The ministers that were re-assigned were Senator Adeleke Mamora, Minister of Science and Technology (formerly Minister of State, Health), Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, Minister of Transportation (formerly Minister of State, Works and Housing); Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State, Niger Delta (formerly Minister of State, Environment) and Senator Gbemisola Saraki, Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development (formerly Minister of State, Transportation

A statement issued by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President also swore in seven new minister and assigned portfolios

The newly appointed ministers and their portfolios are: Ikechukwu Ikoh, Minister of State, Science and Technology; Umana Umana, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs; Udi Odum, Minister of State, Environment; Ademola Adegoroye, Minister of State, Transport; Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub, Minister of State, Works and Housing; Goodluck Opiah, Minister of State, Education and Nkama Ekumankama, Minister of State, Health.

Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony, which preceded the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, Buhari urged the newest members of his cabinet to consult and collaborate with older cabinet colleagues and focus on driving key programmes already initiated by this administration.

The President charged the new ministers to serve the nation diligently, maintain unalloyed loyalty to the country and office of the President. He noted that as his administration was now on the home-stretch of its second term, more work still needs to be done in diverse areas of the economy and national life.

Buhari urged the newest members of his cabinet to consult and collaborate with older cabinet colleagues and focus on driving key programmes already initiated by this administration. He also warned all members of the cabinet against corrupt practices, reiterating that public officers must be above board and those caught in corrupt practices would face the full wrath of the law.

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