Federal Ministers get portfolio in Nigeria

President  Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in his Federal Ministers that will form the Federal Executive Council. Just after the swearing in, President Buhari stated that his administration would continue to implement policies that would improve the economy of the nation.

He added that the Federal Government would implement policies that will generate massive employment for youths and ensure food security.

He reiterated his determination to diversify the economy with agriculture becoming a major sector.
With assurances that the country would experience positive changes, President Muhammadu Buhari asked that all Nigerians “keep hope alive”.

He went further to announce the portfolios for all the ministers, contrary to expectations that some of the ministers would have no portfolios.

There are ministers for 24 ministries with Ministers of State to make up the remaining portfolios.

The highlight was his announcement that he would take charge as the substantive Minister of Petroleum.

List of Ministers and Portfolios


  1. Chris Ngige – (Anambra) Minister of Labour & Employment
  2. Kayode Fayemi- (Ekiti) Minister of Solid Minerals
  3. Rotimi Amaechi – (Rivers) Minister of Transportation
  4. Babatunde Fashola -(Lagos) Minister of Power, Works and Housing
  5. Abdulrahman Dambazau- (Kano) Minister of Interior
  6. Aisha Alhassan – (Taraba) Minister of Women Affairs
  7. Ogbonaya Onu- (Ebonyi) Minister of Science and Technology
  8. Kemi Adeosun – (Ogun) Minister of Finance
Kemi Adeosun
Kemi Adeosun
  1. Abubakar Malami – (Kebbi) Minister of Justice
  2. Sen Hadi Sirika – (Katsina) Minister of State, Aviation
  3. Barr. Adebayo Shittu – (Oyo) Minister of Communication
  4. Suleiman Adamu – (Jigawa) Minister of Water Resources
  5. Solomon Dalong – (Plateau) Minister for Youth and Sports
  6. Ibe Kachikwu – (Delta) Minister of State, Petroleum
  7. Osagie Ehanire – (Edo) Minister of State, Health
  8. Audu Ogbeh – (Benue) Minister of Agriculture
  9. Udo Udo Udoma – (Akwa Ibom) Minister of Budget & National Planning
  10. Lai Mohammed – (Kwara) Minister of Information
  11. Amina Mohammed – (Gombe) Minister of Environment
  12. Ibrahim Usman Jibril – (Nasarawa)
  13. Hajia Khadija Bukar Ibrahim- (Yobe) Minister of State, Foreign Affairs
  14. Cladius Omoleye Daramola (Ondo) Minister of State, Niger Delta
  15. Prof Anthony Onwuka (Imo) Minister of State, Education
  16. Geoffrey Onyema (Enugu) Minister of Foreign Affairs
  17. Dan Ali (Zamfara) Minister of Defence
  18. Barr James Ocholi (Kogi) Minister of State, Labour & Employment
  19. Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna) Minister of State Budget and National Planning
  20. Okechukwu Enelamah (Abia) Trade, Investment & Industry
  21. Muhammadu Bello (Adamawa) Minister of Federal Capital Territory
  22. Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Bornu)
  23. Aisha Abubakar (Sokoto) Minister of State, Trade & Investment
  24. Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa) Minister of State, Agriculture
  25. Adamu Adamu (Bauchi) Minister of Education
  26. Isaac Adewole (Osun) Minister of Health
  27. Abubakar Bawa Bwari (Niger) Minister of State, Solid Minerals
  28. Pastor Usani Uguru (Cross River) Minister of Niger Delta
Rotimi Amaechi
Rotimi Amaechi
Babatunde Fashola
Babatunde Fashola

16 Permanent Secretaries Fired, Federal Civil Service Restructured

THE shape of the federal civil service, engine room of government, appeared in greater clarity, yesterday, as President Muhammadu Buhari fired 16 permanent secretaries, appointed 18 new ones and deployed a total of 36 permanent secretaries.

If the deployments are anything to go by, the President might work with 25 ministries, seven less than the 32 that his predecessor, Dr Goodluck Jonathan operated, as 25 of the 36 permanent secretaries were deployed to ministries, while 11 were deployed to various offices in The Presidency, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), and Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF).

18 new perm secs

Those appointed included Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba, Alhaji Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, Mr. Taiwo Abidogun, Dr. Bukar Hassan, Mrs. Wakama Belema Asifieka, Mr. Jalal Ahmad Arabi, Mr. Sabiu Zakari, Mrs. Obiageli Phyllis Nwokedi, Mr. Aminu Nabegu and Mr. Bamgbose Olukunle Oladele. Others are Mr. Alo Williams Nwankwo, Dr. Shehu Ahmed, Mr. Ogbonnaya Innocent Kalu, Mrs. Nuratu Jimoh Batagarawa, Mr. Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa, Mr. Bassey Akpanyung, Mr. Louis Edozien and Dr. Ugo Roy.

In the same vein, the President also approved the deployment of the Permanent Secretaries as follows: Dr. Shehu Ahmad (Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development); Arch. Sunday Echono (Federal Ministry of Communications); Alhaji Sabiu Zakari (Federal Ministry of Transportation); Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba (Federal Ministry of Information & Culture); Amb. Danjuma Sheni (Federal Ministry of Defence); Dr. Shade Yemi-Esan(Federal Ministry  of Education) and Mrs. Fatima Mede( Budget & National Planning).

Also deployed to various ministries were Alhaji Mahmoud Isa Dutse (Federal Ministry of Finance); Amb. Bulus Lolo Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs); Dr. Amina Shamaki ( Federal Ministry of Health); Mr. Aliyu Bisalla (Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment); Mr. Bassey Akpanyung (Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs); Mr. Taiwo Abidogun (Federal Ministry of Justice); Dr. Habiba Lawal( Federal Ministry of Science & Technology); Dr. Clement Illoh (Fed. Min. of Labour & Productivity); Dr. Jamila Shu’ara  (Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources); Mrs. Binta Bello (Fed. Min of Women Affairs); Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye (Federal Capital Territory); Mrs. Rabi Jimeta (Federal Ministry of Water Resources) and Dr. Bukar Hassan (Fed. Min of Environment).

Others were (Mrs. Wakama B. Asifieka (Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs); Mr. Istifanus Fuktur (Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals); Mr. Christian Ohaa (Federal Ministry of Youth & Sports); Engr. A.G. Magaji (Federal Ministry of Works & Housing); Mr. Louis Edozien (Federal Ministry of Power).

Those deployed to other offices included Mr. Jalal Arabi (State House); Mr. Mohammed Bukar (General Services Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF); Mr. Abbas Mohammed (Ecological Fund Office, OSGF);  Dr. Ugo Roy (Council Secretariat); Mr. Aminu Nabegu (Special Services Office, OSGF); Amb. Bamgbose Akindele (Political Affairs Office, OSGF); Mr. Alo Williams Nwankwo  (Economic Affairs Office, OSGF); Mrs. Obiageli Nwokedi (Special Duties Office, OSGF); Mr. Innocent Ogbonnaya (Career Management Office, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, OHCSF); Mr. S.K.Y. Adelakun (Common Services Office, OHCSF); Mrs. N. Batagarawa (Service Policy & Strategies Office, OHCSF”

A statement by presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina stated that the new appointments and deployments took immediate effect from November 10, 2015.

By this development, about 16 of the permanent secretaries have been sacked. One of those affected is Mr. Linus Awute, the erstwhile Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health. It will be recalled that some of the old permanent secretaries led by the new  Acting Head of Civil Service of the federation, Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, held a closed door with the President earlier yesterday. At the meeting, it was gathered  that the President intimated them of the sack gale.

Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita in a statement, yesterday, confirmed that President Buhari during a meeting held with all permanent secretaries at the Presidential Villa in Abuja Tuesday, directed 16 permanent secretaries to proceed on retirement. Oyo-Ita said that while thanking the 16 perm secs for their meritorious service to the country, the President explained that the retirement, appointments and deployment of the Perm Secs were necessary to reposition the civil service.

Why Buhari removed permanent secretaries

The shape of government that will drive the change agenda of the present administration is to be unfolded by President Muhammadu Buhari as he inaugurates his cabinet today. The President may formally announce a drastic reduction in the number of ministries, thus paving  the way for an austere regime, which would not allow waste and leakages to thrive. Those known to have questionable records of service were also not spared the sweeping changes effected just after a valedictory meeting the permanent secretaries had with Buhari yesterday at the State House.

The slash in the number of permanent secretaries is in line with the recommendations of the Ahmed Joda Transition Committee Report, which recommended that the Buhari administration should reduce the number of ministries and adopt cost-saving measures to revive the Nigerian economy. The Joda Committee had recommended that existing ministries should be pruned to only 19 while some Ministries, Departments and agencies, MDAs, not covered by law in Nigeria, should be scrapped.

Source: ChannelsTV, Vanguard

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