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Tinubu swears in Nigeria’s new ministers

The Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu Monday swore in 45 ministers who were earlier cleared by the Senate, and them tasked them to meet the expectations of Nigerians for a renewed socio-economic development.

Penpushing reports that the inauguration was held at the State House Conference Center, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), event attended by dignitaries which include Vice President Kashim Shettima, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, Speaker of the House Representatives Tajudeen Abass and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume.

The sworn-in Ministers are former Rivers governor Nyesom Wike as Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Wale Edun (Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy), Adegboyega Oyetola (Marine and Blue Economy), David Umahi (Works), Festus Keyamo (Aviation and Aerospace Development), and Betta Edu (Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation).

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Penpushing further reports that others are Bosun Tijani (Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy), Ishak Salako (State, Environment and Ecological Management), Wale Edun (Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy), Adegboyega Oyetola (Marine and Blue Economy), Adedayo Adelabu (Minister of Power), Tunisia Alausa (State, Health and Social Welfare), Dele Alake (Solid Minerals Development), Lola Ade-John (Minister of Tourism), Sa’idu Alkali (Transportation), and Bunmi Tunji-Ojo (Interior).

The Ministers also include Doris Uzoka-Anite (Industry, Trade and Investment), Uche Nnaji (Innovation Science and Technology), Nkiruka Onyejeocha (State, Labour and Employment), Uju Kennedy (Women Affairs), David Umahi (Works), Abubakar Momoh (Niger Delta Development), Betta Edu (Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation), Ekperikpe Ekpo (State, Petroleum Resources — Gas), and Heineken Lokpobiri (State, Petroleum Resources — Oil).

Penpushing also reports that they include John Enoh (Sports Development), Hannatu Musawa (Art, Culture and the Creative Economy), Mohammed Badaru (Defence), Bello Matawalle (State Defence), Yusuf T. Sunumu (State Education), Ahmed M. Dangiwa (Housing and Urban Development), Abdullah T. Gwarzo (State, Housing and Urban Development), and Atiku Bagudu (Budget and Economic Planning).

The others sworn-in are Mairiga Mahmud (State, Federal Capital Territory), Bello M. Goronyo (State, Water Resources and Sanitation), Abubakar Kyar (Agriculture and Food Security), Tahir Maman (Education), Yusuf M. Tuggar (Foreign Affairs), Ali Pate (Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare), Ibrahim Geidam (Police Affairs), U. Maigari Ahmadu (State, Steel Development), and Shuaibu A. Audu (Steel Development).

Penpushing reports that they also include Muhammed Idris (Information and National Orientation), Lateef Fagbemi (Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice), Simon B. Lalong (Labour and Employment), Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim (State, Police Affairs), Zephaniah Jisalo (Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs), Joseph Utsev (Water Resources and Sanitation), and Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (State, Agriculture and Food Security).

The President in his speech at the swearing-in conducted in batches said the administration came when the country needed renewal and reforms in all ramifications, adding that Nigerians expected them to hit the ground running

‘Nigerians expect you to hit the ground running just as we had promised them during our campaigns. With your inauguration today, you have become ministers of the Federal Republic, not ministers of a particular state or region. Nigerians expect a lot, and they deservedly want to see changes in their lives. You are now in the same boat with me, and they expect that their lives would take a new and better turn,” he said.

Penpushing further reports that Tinubu pointed out that the new ministers reflected the different diversities of the country and were chosen for their track record of success and achievements in their various fields of endeavours.

‘The challenges we face today are daunting, but we have the opportunity to implement long-due reforms that would bring about peace, safety and prosperity for our people as contained in our renewed hope agenda’, he stated.

‘We are about to accelerate our governing efforts, move forward and realise our aspirations for Nigerians. Tremendous responsibilities follow this appointment, and all of you are expected to contribute your quota to deliver accountable, efficiently and effective service to Nigerians’, he noted.

‘Your assignment begins immediately, and you must work to make yourself worthy of God and the people to make Nigerians believe that the right hands are chosen. I believe in you, and government can be a progressive way to gain public confidence and trust’, Tinubu added.

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