Cabinet Reshuffle: Jonathan Appointed Supervising Ministers

President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed some of the Ministers who survived yesterday’s cabinet shake-up to oversee the activities of the ministries which lost their ministers on September 11, 2013 Wednesday, after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC.

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, said the President gave the directive through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Anyim Pius Anyim.

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku was deployed to supervise the Ministry of Defence.

The Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, was assigned to oversee the Ministry of Education, replacing Ruqayyat Rufai.

The Minister of State for Niger Delta Development, Darius Ishaku, will oversee the Ministry of Environment.

The Minister of Solid Mineral Development, Musa Sada, was assigned to oversee the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

The Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, was appointed to oversee the Ministry of Science and Technology, vacated by Ita Ewa Okon.

The Minister of state, Works, Bashir Yuguda, was assigned to oversee the Ministry of National Planning following the sack of the longest serving cabinet member, Shamsudeen Usman, who was first appointed minister by late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

Mr. Maku also announced that the Ministers of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina and Power, Chinedu Nebo were directed to take charge of their ministries alone pending appointment of new ministers of state.

The information minister quoted President Jonathan as thanking the removed Ministers for their service to their fatherland, and saying he would continue to engage them in “the implementation of the Transformation Agenda”.

Justifying the sack of the cabinet members, the president, according to Mr. Maku, explained that it was necessary that “government is retooled from time to time to bring new lease of life to an administration”.

The President had earlier announced the sack of nine ministers from his cabinet during the weekly FEC meeting.

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