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Ministerial list: Buhari drops 18 ex-ministers, retains 14, adds new 29

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s new cabinet is a formation of old and new ministers alike, FELLOW PRESS reports.

Out of the 42 ex-ministers in the Buhari’s first term, only 14 secured re-appointment, while 18 were dropped.

18 ex-ministers dropped are Okechukwu Enelamah (Abia), Udoma Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom), Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa), Audu Ogbeh (Benue), Usani Uguru Usani (Cross River), Ibe Kachikwu (Delta), Anthony Anwuka (Imo), Stephen Ocheni (Kogi), Abdulrahaman Dambazau (Kano), Abubakar Bawa Bwari (Niger), Cladius Omoleye Daramola (Ondo), Isaac Adewole (Osun), Adebayo Shittu (Oyo), Solomon Dalong (Plateau), Aisha Abubakar (Sokoto ) and Mansur Dan Ali (Zamfara).

The ministerial list which is made up of mostly former governors, ministers and senators, is coming five months after the February Presidential election and about two months after the May 29 inauguration of President Buhari for second term.

Seven states – Anambra, Bauchi, Edo, Kaduna, Kwara, Lagos and Kano have two ministerial nominees each, while other states have a slot each.

The 14 returnees ministers are former Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos State); former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers State); former Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna State); immediate past Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Muhammad Bello (Adamawa State); former Education Minister, Adamu Adamu (Bauchi State); former Science and Technology Minister, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi State); former Labour and Productivity Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige (Anambra State); former Minister of State, Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire (Edo State); and former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika (Katsina State). Other former Ministers on the list are the immediate past Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, (Kwara State); former Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (Kebbi State); former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu State); former Minister of State, Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa State); and former Minister of State for Power, Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno State).

Fresh nominees include former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and past Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); former Governor of Benue State and past Minority leader of the Senate, Senator George Akume (Benue); immediate past governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola (Osun); former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa); former Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs. Pauline Tallen (Plateau); Senator Olorunmimbe Adeleke Mamora (Lagos); Dr. Ikechukwu Ogah (Abia); Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra); Ambassador Maryam Katagun (Bauchi); and Goddy Jedy Agba (Cross River).

Also on the list are Senator Gbemisola Saraki, the sister of the immediate past President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki (Kwara); Executive Secretary, National Communications Commission, Sunday Dara (Oyo); Chairman, Committee on Petroleum Downstream in the 8th Senate, Senator Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo); and Spokesman, President Muhammadu Buhari Presidential Campaign, Festus Keyamo (Delta).

The restare Clement Agba (Edo); former governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo (Ekiti); Ali Isa Pantami (Gombe); Rep. Emeka Nwajiuba (Imo); Muhammad Mahmood (Kaduna); Sabo Nanono (Kano); Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Kano); Ramatu Tijjani (Kogi); Mohammed H. Abdullahi (Nasarawa); Zubair Dada (Niger); Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun); Maigarai Dingyadi (Sokoto); Sale Mamman (Taraba); Abubakar D. Aliyu (Yobe); and Sadiya Umar Faruk (Zamfara).

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