President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday assigned portfolios to seven newly appointed ministers, charging them to serve the nation diligently, maintain unalloyed loyalty to the country and office of the President.
The President also announced the reassignment of portfolios in his cabinet, saying the new redeployment is aimed at reinvigorating certain sectors where the government desires to accomplish improved results.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony, which preceded the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, the President said as his administration is now on the home-stretch of its second term, more work still needs to be done in diverse areas of the economy and national life.
The portfolios of the new and reassigned ministers are as follows:
Mu’azu Jaji Sambo – Minister of Transportation
Umana Okon Umana – Minister of Niger Delta Affairs
Gbemisola Saraki – Minister for State for Mines and Steel
Dr. Olorunimbe Mamora – Minister of Science and Technology
Sharon Ikeazor – Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs
Umar Ibrahim el Yakub – Minister of State for Works and Housing
Goodluck Nanah Opiah – Minister of State for Education
Ekumankama Joseph Nkama – Minister of State for Heath
Ikoh Henry ikechukwu – Minister of State, Science and Technology
Odum Udi – Minister of State, Environment
Ademola Adewole Adegoroye – Minister of State, Transportation.
President Buhari urged the newest members of his cabinet to consult and collaborate with older cabinet colleagues and focus on driving key programmes already initiated by this administration.
He also warned all members of the cabinet against corrupt practices, reiterating that public officers must be above board and those caught in corrupt practices would face the full wrath of the law.