NAIJA 2015 ECONOMY GOES SLOW

Finally!!! Baba go-slow, pardon me!  I mean President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed ministers  with designated offices.

Buhari in France

It is quite strange that since assuming political office on April 2015, the government headed by Muhammadu Buhari has taken so long to appoint our “action figure” ministers – earning him the nickname: “Baba go-slow”.

On a personal note, I am quite vexed about the delay but I think it was strategic. I am glad with some of the appointees and their given portfolio -definitely Fashola (the former Lasgidi governor) is the rock star, while the erstwhile NNPC Chairman, Kachukwu remains the head prefect of the whole team.

Here is the full list of the ministers and their offices are as follows (culled from Premium Times Newspaper):

Kemi Adeosun (Ogun) – Finance

Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers)–Transportation

Chris Ngige (Anambra)–Labour and Employment

Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti)–Solid Minerals

Babatunde Fashola (Lagos)–Power, Works and Housing

Abdulrahman Dambazau (Kano)–Interior

Aisha Alhassan (Taraba)–Women Affairs

Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi)–Science and Technology

Abubakar Malami (Kebbi)–Justice

Hadi Sirika (Katsina)–State for Aviation

Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa)–Water Resources

Solomon Dalong (Plateau)–Youths and Sports

Ibeh Kachikwu (Delta)–State for Petroleum

Osagie Ehanire (Edo)–State for Health

Audu Ogbeh (Benue)–Agriculture

Udo Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom)–Budget and National Planning

Lai Mohammed (Kwara)–Information

Amina Mohammed (Gombe)–Environment

Ibrahim Usman Jibril (Nasarawa)— State for Environment

Anthony Onwuka (Imo) – State for Education

Muhammadu Bello (Adamawa) — FCT

Adamu Adamu (Bauchi) — Education

Okechukwu Enelamah (Abia) – Industry, Trade and Investment

Aisha Abubakar (Sokoto) — State for Trade, Industry and Investment

Khadija Bukar Abba (Yobe) – State for Foreign Affairs

Claudius Daramola (Ondo) – State for Niger Delta

Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu) — Foreign Affairs

Monsur Dan-Ali (Zamfara) — Defence

James Ocholi (Kogi) – State for Labour

Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna) – State for Budget and National Planning

Mustapha Shehuri (Borno) — State for Power

Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa)–State for Agriculture

Isaac Adewole Folorunsho (Osun) — Health

Usani Usani Uguru (Cross River) — Niger Delta

Abubakar Bwari Bawa (Niger) — State for Solid Minerals

Adebayo Shittu (Oyo) — Communications

Muhammadu Buhari — Petroleum

One cannot but hope for the best for all the newly-appointed ministers, and briefly mourn the loss of jobs of the former Permanent Secretaries in all the ministries and most especially, the laudable sack of the former EFCC boss, Lamorde.

I am still  yearning for the unbundling of the ministry of power, lands and police. I believe these blocs can only function effectively when states are given the rights to run them according to their respective needs and resources. This definitely will allow such states as Enugu, Kaduna, Lagos, Rivers, Cross River and prominently Kano to be repositioned as the key economic power states fuelling our robust federal economy. Although, the federal government will be like a supreme court over the states, having a veto power when states begin to “grow unwarranted wings”.

…and we’ll live purplly ever after.

Credits: Premium Times Newsapaper – http://goo.gl/zigtzl

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