President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday, swore in seven new Ministers, and announced a minor cabinet reshuffle.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the affected ministers sworn in include; Goodluck Opiah (Imo), Umar El-Yakub (Kano) and Ademola Adegoroye (Ondo), Henry Ikoh (Abia), Umana Okon Umana (Akwa Ibom), Ekumankama Nkama (Ebonyi) and Odum Odi (Rivers).
Six of the ministers replaced six former members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), who retired to participate in the last party primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while El-Yakub replaced the former Minister of Agriculture, Sabo Nanono, who was removed from office.
While announcing the reshuffle shortly before the commencement of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council in the State House, Abuja, the president approved the Minister of State, Health, Sen. Adeleke Mamora as new the Minister of Science and Technology; Minister of State, Works, Mua’azu Sambo also moved to the Ministry of Transportation as substantive Minister.
Umanna Umanna is now the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs while Minister of State Environment, Sharon Ikeazor has been moved to the Niger Delta Ministry as Minister of State.
Sen Gbemisola Saraki was moved to the Ministry of Mines and Steel as Minister of State while Umar El-Yakub is now the Minister of State Works and Housing.
The president also approved Goodluck Apiah as Minister of State, Education; Ekumankama Nkama. Minister of Health; Ikoh Ikechekwu, Minister of State, Science and Technology; Odum Udi, Minister of State, Environment and Ademola Adegoroye is now Minister of State, Transportation.
NAN reports that before the swearing in, a minute’s silence was observed in honour of Mohammed Barkindo, the outgoing Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), who died at the age of 63, on Tuesday night.