President Muhammadu Buhari has sent in to the Senate a list of his first batch of ministerial appointees involving a few former governors and prominent members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Akinwunmi Ambode and Godswill Akpabio.
With the senate, however, due to go on its summer recess at the end of the month, the president has sent in his first batch of nominees.
Containing 16 names, the list includes former governors Ambode of Lagos State, Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, Bindow Jibrilla of Adamawa State and George Akume of Benue State.
Returning to office for a second term are Rotimi Amaechi, Ogbonnaya Onu, Chris Ngige, Hadi Sirika, Abubakar Malami and Abdulrahman Dambazau. In the list released this afternoon by President Buhari’s spokesman Femi Adesina, not all the returning ministers are going back to their former offices for instance.
Since being sworn-in on May 29, President Buhari has kept the nation waiting with his list of ministerial nominees. It had been expected that he would send the list to the senate for verification immediately he assumed office for his second tenure but the president kept everyone guessing.
Some high profile ministers were not on the new list and it is not yet clear if they have been dropped or may return later when the full cabinet is formed. Among those not named include Babatunde Fashola, Lai Mohammed, Ibe Kachikwu, Audu Ogbeh, Zainab Ahmed, Geoffrey Onyeama and Solomon Dalung.
Kayode Adesola (Ogun) – Labour and productivity
Rotimi Ameachi (Rivers) – Transportation
Chris Ngige (Anambra) – Communications
Hadi Sirika (Katsina) – Minister of state, Aviation
Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos) – Budget and National planning
Abdulrahman Dambazau (Kano) – Interior
Fatima Gambo (Taraba) – Women Affairs
Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi) – Science and Technology
Abubakar Malami (Kebbi) – Justice
Ahmed Mohammed (Nassarawa) – Industry, Trade and Investment
Barnabas Bantas (Kaduna) – Minister of state, Education
George Akume (Benue) – Minister of state, Petroleum
Bindow Jibrilla (Adamawa) – Federal Capital Territory
Halima Babayo (Yobe) – Minister of state Foreign Affairs
Adebayo Adelabu (Oyo) – Finance
Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) – Niger Delta Affairs.
Written and posted by Ayo Akinfe, London