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