Saturday, 2 July 2011

Jonathan Swears In New Cabinet Members With Many Of The Same Faces back To Old Stomping Ground

After a brief swearing in ceremony at the Aso Rock Villa, President Goodluck Jonathan returned 12 of the 14 ministers to their previous posts.
Ordering the incumbent ministers to “start work immediately,” Jonathan said the new ministers would be informed of their portfolios on Monday.
Sources said that some of the plum jobs were the subject of covert moves aimed at disqualifying the potential ministry nominees.
The Ministries of Finance and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were among the “juicy” appointments while others focused on the Ministry of Justice and Health.
Emeka Wogu of Abia was  asked to  return to Labour and Productivity,  Bala Mohammed of Bauchi went back to the Federal Capital Territory while controversial and corruption-tainted Deziani Allison-Madueke of Bayelsa returned to the  Ministry of Petroleum Resources. Jonathan's confidant, Godsday Orubebe of Delta, returned to his old turf at the Ministry of Niger Delta

Others like Prof. Ruqqayyatu Rufai'a (Jigawa) and Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu (Ebonyi) were ordered back to Ministry of Education where they respectively held sway as minister and minister of state.
Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (Ekiti) to return as Minister of State FCT, and Shamsudeen Usman (Kano), to National Planning Ministry.
The remaining ministers:  Musa Sada (Katsina) returned to Mines and Steel; Mohammed Bello Adoke (Kogi) returns as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Labaran Maku (Nasarawa) returns as the Minister of Information and Communication and Yusuf Suleiman (Sokoto) toMinistry of Transport.
The ceremony was witnessed by Speaker of House of Representatives,
Aminu Tambuwal; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Acting Chairman, Haliru
Mohammed, PDP chieftain, Tony Anenih; and Governor of Adamawa, Murtala
Nyako, as well as former governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye
Alamieseigha, and former governor of Nasarawa State, Akwei Doma and
some family members of the ministers.

Newly nominated ministers (Zainab Maina - Adamawa) and Stella Ada Ogonweinyi -(Anambra) will have their portfolios communicated to them on Monday, by the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.

I really hope the President understands the politics of this country.

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