Nigeria Acting President Goodluck Jonathan has inaugurate the 38-man cabinet, and decision not to appoint a substantive Minister for the Power Ministry was deliberate as he took charge of the Ministry of Power by himself. The acting President has concluded plans to unveil new initiatives aimed at improving and generating more power supply in the next few days.
Acting President Goodluck Jonathan (middle) in a group photograph with the new members of the Federal Cabinet shortly after the re-constitution of the Executive Council of the Federation at State House in Abuja, yesterday.
The Acting President is to work closely with a world renowned electricity power consultant and the chairman of Independent Power Producers Association of Nigeria, Professor Barth Nnaji, who currently heads government’s sub-committee on power. According to the special assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Ima Niboro, said shortly after the inauguration of the 38-man cabinet, that the Acting President decision not to appoint a substantive Minister for the Power Ministry was deliberate.
He said: “Acting President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, is to take charge of the Power Ministry for now. A new power team is being put in place to work in conjunction with the Professor Barth Nnaji led Power Sub-Committee of the Presidential Advisory council (PAC). This new body is to take charge of a new power initiative to be unveiled in a matter of days.”
The Acting President spokesmen, added that “the Acting President shall chair this body, with the minister of state for power, as deputy chair person. The body is to be made up of experts in the different areas of power, from generation to transmission, distribution and finance”.
I am very happy with this setup, if it is anything to go by, I think better is ahead of bad power problem that has been facing the country since years ago, I think our power problem will reduce drastically, before the last quarter of this year.
Top from left: Communications And Information Minister Prof. Dora Akunyili, Mines and Steel Development Minister, Arc. Musa Mohammed Sada, Works Minister Senator Sanusi Daggash, Foreign Affairs Minister Henry Odein Ajumogobia. At the bottom from left: Commerce And Industry Minister Jubril Martins Kuye, Interior Minister Capt. Emmanuel Ihenacho, Defence Minister Prince Adetokunbo Kayode and Justice Minister Mohammed Bello Adoke.
Below is the list of cabinet, Ministry and name of Ministers:
Prof. Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah and Mr. Awodele Najeem Adewale as Minister of state
Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN
Mrs. Fidelia Njeze
4. Commerce & Industry
Sen. Jibril Martins Kuye and Mrs. Josephine Tapgun as Minister of state
5. Culture& Tourism
Abubakar Sadiq A. Mohammed
Prof. (Mrs) Ruqayyatu A. Rufa’i
Senator Bala Muhammed
Mr. John Ogar Odey
Mr. Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga and Mr. Aderemi W. Babalola as Minister of state
10. Foreign Affairs
Mr. Henry Odein Ajumogobia, SAN and Dr. Aliyu Idi Hong as Minister of state
Appointment yet to be make, but Alhaji Suleiman Bello is appointed as Minister of state
12. Information & Comm
Prof. Dora Akunyili and Mr. Labaran Maku as Minister of state
Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho and Mr. Humphrey Enemakwu Abah as Minister of state
14. Labour & Productivity
Mr. Chukwuemeka Ngozichineke Wogu
15. Mines & Steel Devt
Arc. Musa Mohammed Sada
16. Niger Delta Affairs
Elder Peter Godsday Orubebe and Hon. Samuel Ode as Minister of state
17. Petroleum Resources
Mrs. Dieziani Alison-Madueke
Chief Adetokunbo Kayode, SAN and Murtala Shehu Yar’Adua as Minister of state
Ag President Goodluck Jonathan and Arc. Nuhu SomoWya as Minister of state
20. Police Affairs
Alhaji Adamu Waziri
21. Science & Technology
Prof. Muhammed K. Abubakar
22. Special Duties
Navy Capt. Earnest Olubolade (Rtd)
24. Youth Development
Sen. Akinlabi Olasunkanmi
25. Women Affairs
Mrs. Josephine Anenih
26. Natl Planning Comm
Dr. Shamsudeen Usman
27. Natl Sports Comm
Hon. Ibrahim Isa Bio
Sen. Sanusi M. Dagash and Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi as Minister of state
29. Lands, & Urban Devt
Hon. Nduese Essien
I wish all the newly sworn-in Ministers good luck and all the best in office, we are looking on them for better Nigeria.