President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday inaugurated eight new ministers.
Punch reports that the new ministers are as follows:
Patricia Akwashiki (Information)
Nicholas Ada (State, Foreign Affairs I)
Musiliu Obanikoro (State, Foreign Affairs II);
Augustine Akobundu (retd.), (State, Defence);
Fidelis Nwankwo (State, Health);
Hauwa Bappa (State, Niger Delta Affairs);
Kenneth Kobani (State, Industry, Trade and Investment)
Joel Ikenya (Labour and Productivity)
In addition, the president named the Minister of State, Health, Khaliru Alhassan, as the Minister of Health. Alhassan has been acting as Supervising Minister of Health since Onyebuchi Chukwu resigned in 2014.
Jonathan also inaugurated a Commissioner for the Federal Civil Service Commission, representing Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa states, Jonah Madugu, and a Commissioner for National Population Commission, Abimbola Salu-Hundeyi, from Lagos State.
During the inauguration, Jonathan said:
“For the ministers, this is an injury time. It is like bringing a player in when you have just five minutes to go in a football match.
So everyone wants to know what that player will do; the magic the player will perform within that short period. The player himself will be struggling to, at least, kick the ball before the end of the game.
So, you are coming in at a quite challenging period and I believe that a number of people will not envy you because government is coming to a close. But sometimes, it is even good to come at this time because you are now well exposed to Nigerians.
Everybody will be watching your dancing steps and we believe you will dance well.”
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