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Pres. Jonathan Inaugurates 8 New Ministers

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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.

PIC.1.FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING IN ABUJA

From Left: Minister Of State For Health, Fidelis Nwankwo; Minister Of State For Defence, Col. Augustine Akobundu; Minister Of State, Nicholas Ada and Minister Of Information, Sen. Patricia Akwashiki, Taking Oath Of Office As Ministers Of The Federal Republic Before President Goodluck Jonathan during the Federal Executive Council Meeting In Abuja On Wednesday

PIC .2. NEW MINISTERS SWORN IN, IN ABUJA

From Left: Minister Of State For Foreign Affairs, Sen. Musliu Obanikoro; Minister Of Labour, Joel Ikenya; Minister Of State For Trade And Investment,Kenneth Kobani and Minister Of State For Niger Delta, Hauwa Lawan, taking Oath Of Office as Ministers Of The Federal Republic Before President Goodluck Jonathan During The Federal Executive Council Meeting In Abuja on Wednesday

PIC 3 NEW MINISTERS SWORN IN, IN ABUJA

President Goodluck Jonathan (M) With New Ministers After Their Oath Of Office During the Federal Executive Council Meeting In Abuja on Wednesday

PIC.4.FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING IN ABUJA

Jonah Madugu (L) And Mrs Abimbola Hundehin Taking Oath Of Office Before President Goodluck Jonathan as Commissioners at The Federal Civil Service Commission And National Population Commission Respectively, During The Federal Executive Council Meeting In Abuja on Wednesday

PIC.5. FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING IN ABUJA

President Goodluck Jonathan (M) with Jonah Madugu, Commissioner Federal Civil Service Commission (L) And Mrs Abimbola Hundehin, Commissioner, National Population Commission after their Oath Of office during the Federal Executive Council Meeting In Abuja on Wednesday.

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.”

Photo Credit: NAN-PHOTO

15 Comments

  1. bruno

    March 19, 2015 at 7:20 am

    new ministers for what?

    Musiliu Obanikoro (State, Foreign Affairs II), gej are u well at all?

    by the way, why are there 2 state foreign affairs ministers?

    • Anon

      March 19, 2015 at 9:55 am

      It was created in 2011 after GEJ won his election. The 1st Minister of State supervises the Americas, Europe and mostly Western foreign missions, while the 2nd Minister of State supervises those of Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

    • adelegirl

      March 19, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      I am not sure that is correct. I think the minister foreign affairs supervises europe and north and south america, while minister of state 1 supervises middle east and asia and minister of state 2 supervises africa. Ministry of Foreign Affairs has three ministers – the senior minister and the two ministers of state

  2. NIRA

    March 19, 2015 at 8:44 am

    What a lacklustre cabinet position for Obanikoro!!

  3. dora

    March 19, 2015 at 9:51 am

    good luck ebele jonathan is well.e he knows why he inaugurated the new ministers,t i don,t think he is out of his senses so nobody his should question his authorities.
    bella naija well done for the feeding us with news

    • justdeywakapass

      March 19, 2015 at 11:31 am

      u write the way u think.

  4. dora

    March 19, 2015 at 9:55 am

    good luck ebele jonathan is well. and he knows why he has inaugurated the new ministers. i don,t think he is out of his senses so nobody should question his authorities.
    bella naija well done for feeding us with news

  5. x-factor

    March 19, 2015 at 10:03 am

    our dear president needs help!

  6. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN USA

    March 19, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Only in Nigeria will an incumbent president standing for re-election in ten days be swearing in new ministers without any queries from all nigerians, especially from the members of the nigerian parliament. How clear Is the Nigerian constitution on this type of behavior? This president is already behaving as if he had already won the election before it even started. Is President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan bigger than the Nigerian constitution? His behaviour is tantamount to lack of respect for all his opponents, and the nigerian constitution in general period. Unless he and his party (PDP) already knows the outcome of the up comming presidential election. What happens to all the newly sworn in idiotic, desperate, last minute, silly and stupid ministers? should president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan loose the election? This showed how desperate these people were to be appointed ministers at the last minute. Is it because they all want their friends and families to call them Minister, is that why they accepted the positions? Nigerias need to watch out for these accidental ministers. The more you know, A word is enough for the wise. I ‘ m just saying.

    • dpatriot

      March 21, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      “Idiotic, desperate, last minute, silly and stupid” you called the newly sworn in Hon. Ministers. I think that shows how miserable you are. How dare you ascribe such to honourable ministers of the federal republic of Nigeria? I think i know what you do in the US, … pick-pockets i guess!

  7. Peppy

    March 19, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Last minute Hausa attire, Last min Job creation, Last min trying to win East, South and West after abandoning them for 5 years and decieving your self in North, thinking you are building rapport with Hausa’s to vote for you this year. Apparently typical and raw Hausa man execute what Iman said he should do on friday at the mosque which is VOTE Buhari!!!!!!!!!!!! Lol.

  8. tunmi

    March 19, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I do appreciate that they are all dressed in Native attire

  9. Sunshine

    March 19, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    So koro “let my ppl go” position is what you get for almost killing yourself for GEJ? Wow, I rest my case.

  10. bbz

    March 19, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    But why now?
    He could have appointed these ministers years ago or rather months ago if he really had the heart of changing Nigeria for the better.
    this is quiet scary and unreliable thou. And it makes me even more angry that people would actually eventually cast their votes to reelect him.
    Father lord please take control over Nigeria affair!

  11. politics

    March 19, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    i think Gej is scared he might actually loose. So he is appointing his workers so they can work for him while he is out.

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